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George Clements

George Clements, one of 250 convicts transported on the Argyle, 05 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Clements
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Confectioner
Date of Death: 10th July, 1887
Age: 72 years

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Argyle
Departure date: 5th March, 1831
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 251 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 48
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 30th May, 2011 wrote:

George Clements was aged about 15 years when he was convicted for stealing fifteen guineas from his master (Harrison a silversmith Tottenham Court Road).
His convict number upon arrival in Hobart VDL was 1250 - George married Elizabeth Bumpstead in Hobart in 1842 - (one of 5 children transported with their mother Elizabeth Bumpstead per Mellish in 1830)- George and Elizabeth had two daughters Caroline in 1844 and Elizabeth in 1847.
George was engaged in the manufacture of confectionery (with many advertisements in Hobart newspapers) was also active in the Abstinence Society of Hobart. Many articles mentioning Clements and the disastrous fires and floods in the early 1850’s. This George Clements is not to be confused with another person of the same name (a Hobart butcher).
George Clements departed Hobart with his family in 1855. He established his confectionery enterprise in Aukland,Christchurch and Nelson before returning to Aukland in 1871. George and his wife Elizabeth travelled from NZ to Hobart in 1871 to visit their youngest daughter’s young family, returning to Aukland in 1872 - George Clements died in Aukland on 10th Juy,1887, he was variously described as being a ‘gentleman confectioner’ - Upon his death Elizabeth Clements nee’ Bumpstead came to live in Sydney with her daughter Elizabeth Harrison, both mother and daughter died on the same day in 1911 and are buried at Waverley Cemetry Sydney.

Spencer G Jones on 14th January, 2014 wrote:

George Clements was an apprentice silversmith, he was aconvicted of stealing 15 guineas in soverign and crown coins from his employer named Harrison (a silversmith). George wrote a letter offering to return the money to his master, however the Police were called and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to transportation to V.D.L. for a term of 14 years, per the convict transport ship Argyle - George arrived in Hobartown in August 1831 and served his 14 year sentence to the day - He applied to marry on four occasions, his first marriage was to Jane Shepherd (widow) - She died however shortly afterwards (inquest found that she died of an act of god)- George married Elizabeth Bumpstead/Bunstead/Bumstead (daughter of a female convict named Elizabeth Bumpstead in Hobart on the 14th August 1843, at around this time George and Elizabeth commenced a confectionery manufacturing and retail business (numerous references to him within the various Hobart newspapers of the day refer to (Trove Aust Archives) - Also recorded were also both a devestating flood and a fire (destroying his premises.
Two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth were born. In 1855 George and family travelled to Onehunga, (Aukland N.Z.) Where he again established his confectionery business (numerous digital N.Z.newspaper references. The Clements family moved from Aukland in the early 1860’s to Christchurch and later to Nelson (South Island N.Z.) His eldest daughter married a prominent business man named Thomas R Fisher, however she died in childbirth shortly afterwards. The second daughter Elizabeth Clements married Henry Murrell Harrison at Nelson in 1864 - Henry Harrison and his father Elias Lacy Harrison were shipwrights and had built two coastal trading vessels.
After the death of Elias Lacy Harrison. Henry M Harrison with his wife and two daughters Rose and Minnie sailed firstly for Hobartn then later on to Sydney.
George and Elizabeth Clements returned to Aukland and continued thier confectionery business - George and Elizabeth Clements travelled from Aukland to Hobart to visit thier daughter,son in law and family in 1871, returning to Aukland that same year -
George Clements died in Aukland on the 10th July, 1887 - He was buried in Aukland, however there is no headstone marking his grave.
Upon his death George Clements was described as a ‘GENTLEMAN CONFECTIONER’. After George Clements death, his wife Elizabeth travelled to Sydney and lived with her daughter and son in law - Elizabeth Clements died in 1912 at Pennant Hills Sydney on the same day as her daughter Elizabeth Harrison.

Spencer G Jones on 18th January, 2014 wrote:

Most recent detail located within Tasmanian Archives on the 14th January, 2014 by Randall M Jones -
That George Clements’ convict record and his first application to marry recorded that he was a ‘Coachman to the Regulator’. At the time that these notes were recorded, George Clements was still a convict located at Port Arthur settlement - The Regulator or commissioner of Port Arthur at that time was Charles O’Hara Booth.
Further information located on the 14th January, 2014 and recorded within George Clements papers, was that his father John Clements was a saddler and Harness maker of Albany Street, Regents park, London - Further that he had a brother (Christian name not recorded) who was with the 10th Hussars, two other brother William and Robert were both in Service in London, whilst a sister June Clements was in domestic service

Spencer G Jones on 25th January, 2014 wrote:

Further information (located on 22nd January, 2014) within HO9 Convict Hulks Portsmouth.
George Clements was transferred from Newgate Prison to the Prison Hulk ‘Hardy’ on the 17th November, 1830.His time in Newgate Prison from the date of his conviction on the 28th October, 1830 to the date of his transfer to the hulks was 20 days. He spent approximately 4 months on the hulk before being transferred to the Convict Transport ‘Argyle’ which depart Portsmouth on the 18th March 1831.
It is recorded that the ‘Hardy’ was previously a 14 gun brig, launched on 7th August, 1804. The average number of prisoners on board at any one time was 100 - The ‘Hardy’ was also described as being a hospital ship.

Spencer G Jones on 28th July, 2014 wrote:

George Clements convict papers record his age as being 15 years old at the time of his conviction - indicating that his year of birth was likely to have been circa 1815.

debra harrison on 1st January, 2020 wrote:

George and
Elizabeth Clements daughter Caroline and her husband Thomas Richard Fisher had a son named Thomas Clement Fisher… will update further.

Convict Changes History

Spencer G Jones on 14th January, 2014 made the following changes:

gender, occupation, crime

Spencer G Jones on 28th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th July, 1887 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 29th July, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th July, 1887 (prev. 0000)

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