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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 60 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.

Maureen Withey on 17th February, 2020 wrote:

https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2p74
The five conspirators Guilty of High Treason numbered in this list, 98, 99, 100, 101, and 102, have been landed at Sydney under particular orders to be sent to Newcastle.

https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2p64

99 – Charles Cooper. Middx, GD, 12 April 1820 – life, age 30, native of Durham, bootmaker, 5 ft 9 : dark eyes, brown hair, dark sallow complexion, general remark – Very well behaved.  Note: Cato Street Conspirators. Landed at Sydney.
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Colonial Secretary Index.
COOPER, Charles. Per “Guildford”, 1820; Cato Street conspirator

1820 Oct 16 - Transported with four others for high treason. Re transfer of these conspirators, considered still designing and dangerous men, to Newcastle (Reel 6007; 4/3502 pp.346-7, 349-51)

1820 Oct 16 - Cato Street conspirator. On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.342)

1820 Oct 25 - Instructions received by the Commandant of Newcastle (Reel 6067; 4/1807 p.131)

1823 Nov 22 - Prisoner to be forwarded to Sydney from Newcastle (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.600)

1823 Dec 26 - Constable at Newcastle. Request to be transferred to Bathurst (Reel 6065; 4/1798 p.371)

1824 Jan 5 - To be forwarded to Bathurst (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.121)

1824 Apr 10 - On list of prisoners on establishment at Bathurst with sentences not transmitted (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.102)

1825 Jan 31 - On list of prisoners discharged from Bathurst during Jan 1825 (Fiche 3300; 4/1916.1 pp.3-4, 7-8)

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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