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Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Cooper
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: High treason
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 309 (156)
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 15th June, 2011 wrote:

He was one of the respited Cato Street Conspirators who attempted to kill members of the British cabinet while they supposedly were to dine at the house of Lord Harroby, Grosvenor’s Square London on 23 Feb 1820. The dinner was actually a ruse to draw the conspirators to action - spurred on by an government spy who had infiltrated the group. Charle’s fellow conspirators were hung and beheaded on 1 May 1820 in the front of Newgate Prison London (a crowd of many tens of thousands witnessed the executions). Charles and four others had their sentences commuted to life transportation for life as they unlike the other five conspirators eventually pleaded guilty to the numerous charges against them. The other four Conspirators travelled on the Guildford with Charles: James Wilson, Richard Bradburn, John Shaw Strange and John Harrison.

Anonymous on 15th June, 2011 wrote:

Sorry, I have corrected a few errors in my previous post and added some more information:

Charles was one of the respited Cato Street Conspirators who attempted to kill members of the British cabinet while they supposedly were to dine at the house of Lord Harrowby, Grosvenor’s Square London on 23 Feb 1820. The dinner was actually a ruse to draw the conspirators to action - spurred on by a government spy who had infiltrated the group. Five of Charle’s fellow conspirators were hung and beheaded on 1 May 1820 in front of Newgate Prison London (a crowd of many tens of thousands witnessed the executions). Charles and four others had their sentences commuted to transportation for life as they, unlike the other five conspirators, eventually pleaded guilty to the numerous charges against them.  The other four Conspirators travelled on the Guildford with Charles: James Wilson, Richard Bradburn, John Shaw Strange and John Harrison. (One ‘conspirator’ named Guildchrist, happened to be a man in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the court, recognising him as such, effective ‘acquitted’ him).

The five conspirators were removed from the Guildford when it landed in Sydney and were taken to Newcastle Penal Settlement under Commandant Morrisett. Cooper, Wilson, Shaw Strange & Harrison were then sent to Bathurst with Morrisett in 1824 after Newcastle was closed as a penal settlement. Bradburn ended up in Port Macquarie Penal Settlement.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

greg petersen on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:

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