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Daniel Church

Daniel Church, one of 175 convicts transported on the Morley, November 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Church
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: November, 1816
Arrival date: 10th April, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 176 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 305 (154)
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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Maureen Withey on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-6$init=CON31-1-6p124
356. Daniel Church. Morley 1817, Prince Leopold 1821. Tried at Maidstone March 1815, 7 years.
April 21 1825. F.S. Suspn. of stealing – Disd. No prosn.
July 7 1826. F.S.  Out after hours last night between 9 and 10 o’clock & not producing his free Cert. Repd.
Sept 3 1825. F.S. Drunk & disy. Fined 5/-.
June 6 1827. F.S. Drunk & striking the constables in the execution of their duty. To find sureties to keep the peace for 6 months.
Sept 25. F.S. Absconding from his master’s service contrary to his agreement. Ordd. to return to his master’s service.


Police Office, Hobart Town, May 9th, 1822.
FORTY POUNDS REWARD. —Whereas Ralph Churton, Wm. Davis, John Wm. Bostock, and Daniel Church, whose Offences and Descriptions are set forth underneath, have absconded from their usual Places of Residence, and are now at large in the Woods: —A Reward of Ten Pounds each will be paid on their being lodged in His Majesty’s Gaol at Hobart Town.
By Order of A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. J.P.
Superintendent of Police, W. English, Clerk.

R. Churton —charged with stealing, on the night of the 26th Feb. last, 107 Sheep from the Farm of John Cassidy at the Old Beach, and making his Escape from a Guard, in whose Custody he was at Roseneath Ferry, on the night of the 28th April last. He was born in Warwickshire; is 5 ft. 6 ins. high, brown hair, hazel eyes, 32 years of age, a labourer, was tried at Warwick in 1811, and sentenced to be transported for 7 years ; he arrived here in the ship Indefatigable in 1812.

W. Davis —charged with stealing, on the night of the 26th of Feb. last, 107 Sheep from the Farm of John Cassidy at the Old Beach, and making his Escape from a Guard, in whose Custody he was at Roseneath Ferry, on the night of the 28th April last. He was born at Bristol, is 5 ft, 6½ins. high, brown hair, grey eyes, 38 years of age, was tried at Taunton in 1807, and sentenced to be transported for 7 years ; he arrived at Port Jackson in the ship Admiral Gambier, and here in the ship Union, and lately resided at the Lovely Banks. 

J. W. Bostock —charged with feloniously forging and uttering a Promissory Note. He is 5 ft. 3 ins. high, dark Complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, about 30 years of age, and by profession a clerk.

D. Church (356)-charged with cutting and wounding John Pernell, at New Norfolk, on the night of the 27th March last. He was born at Ashford in Kent, is 5 ft. 9 ½ ins high, hair brown to grey, hazel eyes, 33 years of age, a labourer, and has a scar on his upper lip; was tried at Maidstone, and sentenced to be transported for 7 years; he arrived at Sydney in the ship Morley in 1817, and here in the brig Prince Leopold.
Hobart Town Gazette, 11 May 1822.

Daniel Church, one of the prisoners advertised in the front page, surrendered himself to the Superintendant of Police after that part of our paper went to press.
Hobart Town Gazette, 11 May 1822.
Colonial Secretary’s Office,  July 28th, 1830.
THE period for which the undermentioned persons were transported having expired, certificates have been granted to them accordingly:
Daniel Church, 356, Morley, 
Launceston Advertiser, 2 Aug 1830.

CHURCH, Daniel. Per “Morley”, 1817

1821 Mar 24 - On list of convicts proceeding per “Prince Leopold” to Van Diemen’s Land for assignment (Reel 6007; 4/3503 p.190)

1823 Nov 18 - Employed by Peter Lette to split timber (Fiche 3289; 4/7015.1A p.35)

1823 Nov 21, Dec 29 - On list of persons in Van Diemen’s Land claiming expiration of sentence with details from the indents (Reel 6012; 4/3510 pp.74-5)

Government Public Notice.
THE under-mentioned Persons have obtained Certificates during the last Week:—
Daniel Church | Morley
Hobart Town Gazette, 3 Sept 1824.

NOTICE.— Whereas, DANIEL CHURCH, Labourer, who came to this Colony with —— Talbot, Esq. from Sydney, as his assigned Servant, but now Free by Servitude ; WILLIAM GARDINER, who came from said Place with J. Reibey, Esq., free Sawyer, and JOHN RODGERS, Splitter and Carpenter, have absconded from my Service — the first, £50 in Debt ; the second, £20 ; and the latter, £60 and upwards ;—
This is to give Notice, that any Person giving Employment to the aforesaid Individuals, previous to fulfilling their several Contracts with me, will be prosecuted with the utmost Rigour of the Law.
A Bushranger meets me in the Woods, and compels me to surrender my Property, at the risk of his Life, either through my cowardice or his overpowering me ; but against the above species of Robbery there is no Protection for the Settler, unless the Public Officers, as well as every respectable Individual in the Island, join heart and hand in marking the wretches guilty of it with that degree of infamy which their Conduct so justly deserves.
— P. Lette, Curraghmore,  October 17, 1825.
Hobart Town Gazette, 12 Nov 1825.

The following notice, appeared in the Launceston Advertiser, 1 Nov 1830.

I HEREBY caution the Public not to employ Daniel Church, he being an indented servant, to me for 12 months, and having illegally left me on the 13th of last September.
November 1st, 1830.

There is a marriage of a Daniel Church in Launceston:

Tasmanian Marriage Records. https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD36-1-1p261j2k
There is a marriage in the parish of St John’s Launceston on 20 September 1830, with the consent of the Government, between Daniel Church, free, of Curramore, and Sarah Crawshaw, convict, of Curramore. Daniel signed with his X, Sarah signed her name.

HEREAS “DANIEL CHURCH,” alias Parker, did obtain from me under false pretences, the sum of £17 10s.
on the 12th day of September, and on that day absconded from my service, although under a written agreement to serve me for one year from the 5th of August last.  This said ” Church” alias “Parker,” it will be seen by reference to the Hobart Town Gazette of September 1825, did abscond from my service in like manner, being £60 in my debt, apart of which it was perfectly understood, was to be deducted from this present year’s earnings. — I therefore warn all whom it may concern, that a warrant is issued for his apprehension, and that the person in whose employ he may be fonnd, will be prosecutcd with the utmost rigour of the law.
He was seen on the farm of Mr. Drummend, of the Clyde, on the 31st October.
Descriptions of Daniel CHURCH alias Parker.
Age — Fifty years
Height— Five feet ten inches
Hair— Grey
Eyes— Blue
Complexion— Ruddy
Profession— Mariner
He came to Hobart Town with —— Talbott, Esq.
Curramore, Nov. 15th. 1830.

The Tasmanian 17 Dec 1830.

Maureen Withey on 20th June, 2020 wrote:

Kentish Weekly Post, 24 May 1816.
Daniel Church, for stealing on the 13th of September, from John Swing, at Milton, a pocket book, containing three two pound Bank of England notes, two one pound ditto, and three one pound notes of the Bank of Chalk and Co. Sheerness.—Transported 7 years.
Kentish Weekly Post, 22 March 1816.

Early on Saturday morning, were sent under a strong guard, from his Majesty’s gaol at Maidstone, and put board the Hulks Sheerness, for transportation, the following convicts, viz. John Robinson McVeagh, Stephen Bushell, John Salvage, Richard Armstrong, George Cooke, Daniel Church, Daniel Hollands, John Mills, James Davis, George Coultrip, John Willis, John Gore and Charles Harding.
Kentish Weekly Post, Friday 24 May 1816
HO-9-7-1 p 21/47.Hulk Report Record for Hulk Retribution at Sheerness.
Received 18 May 1816, among 13 convicts from Maidstone:
Daniel Church, age 27, felony, tried at Maidstone, 18 March 1816, sentence 7 years, transported 16 Nov 1816.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 20th June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 20th June, 2020 made the following changes:


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