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Richard Clark

Richard Clark, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Clark
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: York, West Riding Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 215 (110)
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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Dianne Jones on 20th March, 2021 wrote:

TRIED: Convicted for larceny - stealing 3 bushels of wheat - at the Epiphany Sessions (6 January) 1831 at York, and sentenced to 7 years (see England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892; England; Yorkshire - West Riding 1831).

In VDL: On arrival, he was 21 and single. He had previous convictions for assault and poaching (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-7$init=CON31-1-7p148).

Dianne Jones on 20th March, 2021 wrote:

1837, 4 January: Richard CLARK was granted a Ticket of Leave (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-7$init=CON31-1-7p148).

1845, 28 April: Richard CLARK - a shepherd and farm labourer - appeared before the criminal sessions of the Melbourne Supreme Court charged for stealing 83 sheep, the property of William John Turner Clarke, at Buninyong [in Victoria], on April 5. He pleaded not guilty and said he had bought the sheep out of his own wages. The jury found him guilty (see Port Phillip Gazette, 30 April 1845, p3).

1845, 30 August: The following (ascerbic) report was published in the Cornwall Chronicle, out of Launceston, p113:

“Port Phillip: Despatch of Prisoners.-:- By the next return trip of the Flying Fish to Van Diemen’s Land, our island neighbour will receive the following valuable acquisition to its stock of colonial resources. This is nothing but a reciprocal way of doing business, as with hardly one exception those worthies are ‘returning to the place from whence they came.’

— John Turnock, perjury at Portland, seven years transportation; ... and
— Richard Clark, stealing a flock of sheep from the station of Mr. Clarke, at Buninyong, transportation for ten years.”

Note: John Turnock, a silk twister, had been transported to VDL for 7 years per Katherine Stewart Forbes (1832) for stealing silk.

1845, 31 August: The Flying Fish sailed from Melbourne for VDL (see archives.tas.gov.au).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 20th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 20th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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