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Louisa Clark, one of 299 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Friends, April 1811
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 56 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 39 (21)
||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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Ron Garbutt on 17th March, 2020 wrote:
Also known as Louisa Beckwith (sometimes spelt Louisa Beckworth)
Convicted: Surrey Quarter Sessions, Newington, 15 January 1811
Age: about 25
Sentence: 7 years
Native place: London
Louisa was tried as Louisa Clark, single woman of Lambeth. On 17 October 1810, she was charged with stealing a silver watch, a dollar and “other monies” from Joseph Whittimore at Lambeth. He was the driver of the Chichester coach. She was held in the Surrey County Gaol. Louisa and Sarah Bowbrick were the last two women to be convicted before they boarded the Friends.
The keeper of the county goal at Southwark recounted: “…I remember a woman, Louisa Clark, convicted at the last Quarter Sessions; she had been tried six or seven times; her mother and sister are both at Botany Bay, and she has had frequent letters from them. The Court ordered her to be transported for seven years; she had such a dislike to go, that the night before she shammed mad, and tore all her clothes to pieces. I got her fresh clothing, and put them on; she served me so again, and I had the greatest difficulty to get her on board the ship; her mother and sister were both there, and this must have been information from them.”
Mary Beckwith (34), wife of John, and Mary Beckwith junior (14) were both convicted at the Old Bailey on 9 July 1800 of stealing privately from a shop; they were transported on the Nile in 1801. The older woman said at their trial that the younger woman was her stepdaughter and this is borne out by her birth in Chelmsford rather than London. The younger Mary was pardoned on 5 August 1800 and was to be sent to the Philanthropic Society, a reformatory institution for the children of convicts, however, the trustees of the society refused to admit her as she was too old and so she was transported after all. It is probable these two were Louisa’s mother and stepsister.
Louisa (again as Clark) had been acquitted of three earlier charges of larceny in July 1808, July 1809 and October 1810. She was acquitted on another charge of larceny in December 1809 when her age was given as 23 and she was described as “one of Mrs Barrington’s gang”.
Surrey Quarter Sessions QS2/6/1811/EPH/79, Surrey History Trust
Testimony of Mr James Ives, keeper of the county goal at Horsemonger Lane, Southwark, 3 April 1811, Appendix to Report from the Committee on Laws in “Selection of reports and papers of the House of Commons: Prisons (I), Vol 51”
Penny-Lyn Beale on 20th September, 2020 wrote:
New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849. New South Wales - 1825
Clark, Louisa. F. S. Friends 1811. 7 years.
WIFE of William Easton. Sydney
Convict Changes History
Ron Garbutt on 17th March, 2020 made the following changes:
gender: f, crime