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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler, one of 101 convicts transported on the Friendship, June 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Chandler
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Radnor Great Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Friendship
Departure date: June, 1817
Arrival date: 14th January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 101 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 353 (178)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Anonymous on 10th July, 2011 wrote:

Sarah Chandler was the most celebrated of the 65 Radnorians, including 9 women, transported to Australia between 1788 and 1852. In 1814 Chandler was found guilty of altering three Kington Bank one pound notes and sentenced to death, Judge George Hardinge being unmoved by the fact that the 37 year old forger was pregnant and had seven children under the age of ten - Hardinge of course had also sentenced poor Mary Morgan to the gallows.

Chandler’s plight excited a good deal of sympathy in Radnorshire. She was described as "a very jolly good looking woman" and her husband Thomas Chandler of Dolley, Presteigne was said to have kept her short of money and to have treated her cruelly. The hangman was cheated however when Chandler’s brothers managed to effect her escape from Presteigne jail in August 1814, she was not recaptured until she was discovered in Birmingham more than two years later. Petitions on Sarah’s behalf were subsequently received from many leading citizens, including the High Sheriff and the owners of the Kington Bank. Hardinge’s recommendation that she should nonetheless hang was overturned and in 1817 she sailed for New South Wales to commence a life sentence.

All this is well known, but an article in the Northern Star of 1845 provides some further interesting information on Sarah Chandler’s background. It seems that Sarah was a member of a notorious family from Bugeildy called Bowen. A family whom the Star claimed lived mainly by plunder and were a terror to the neighbourhood. The article was prompted by the fact that five members of the clan languished at that time in Presteigne jail for various offences. The exact relationships are a little confused but seem to include Sarah’s brothers Francis and William and William’s son William Bowen Jones held for theft, Francis’ son Francis jnr and his wife Ann were also being held for transportation for sheep stealing. A few months before Sarah’s son Richard Chandler and her 16 year old nephew Morgan Bowen had been transported for shearing a flock of sheep and selling the fleeces in Newtown. Another of Sarah’s sons, Peter, had already been transported in 1824.

I don’t know what happened to Sarah in Australia. Her brother Francis died in Melbourne in 1853, his wife surviving until 1876. Young Morgan the shearer lived on until 1902.

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2017 wrote:

It would seem that Sarah may have been remarried in her old age.  There is a marriage recorded in 1827.
Name: Sarah Chandler
Spouse Name: Dennis Morrow
Marriage Date: 1827
Marriage Place: New South Wales
Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1827
Volume Number: V
Denis Morrow was a transported Irish convict, Transported in 1823 on “Archduke Charles”. He would have been at least 62 when married and Sarah must have been about 54.
Unfortunately these details are very difficult to verify since Sarah did not fill in everything on the 1828 census.
Page 276….
[Ref M3214] Morrow, Denis, 64, TL, Archduke Charles, Tailor, Pitt Town.
[Ref M3215] Morrow, Sarah, 55, GS (no further details).
However, in appendix 1 there is a mention that her surname was also Chandler.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 4th October, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

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