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George Cornish

George Cornish, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Cornish
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Larceny, before convicted of felony
Convicted at: York Town of Kingston upon Hull Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 274 Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons And Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners. England and Wales, Crime, Prisons, and Punishment, 1770-1935 http://www.BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk The British Library Board Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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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Richard Ebdon on 22nd December, 2016 wrote:

In the Tasmanian Convict Archives “Description List” it states that George Cornish was a “Shoemaker”. And according to the “Hull Packet” from the 20th of July 1830, George was charged with breaking into the shop of a Richard Pottage, on the 22nd of April of that year. He stole some Shoemakers tools, some shoes, two white sheep skins, two pieces of linen, and two pieces of leather. He pleaded guilty to this charge, in court at Hull. It appears from the same Newspaper article, that George had previously been convicted for a felony at the East Riding Sessions (Yorkshire, England) a few years before. According to the article George would have been awarded the punishment of transportation at that particular time, because this was his second felony offence. But because the previous felony he was charged with at the East Riding Sessions, was not an aggravated offence, and he only served one month in jail for it, they decided instead to this time sentence him to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour.
According to the “Hull Advertiser And Exchange Gazette” dated Friday the 28th of October 1831:
George Cornish was Transported for 14 years for stealing these items from a Thomas Butler, who was a Bricklayer: Two Shillings in penny pieces, and half-pence, several articles of “wearing apparel, two shirts, two black cloth trousers, seven white cravats. The offence occurred on the 11th of October of that year. George found the door of the house open, and went in. In his defence, George said he believed that the house was a pub because the doors were open. The article suggests that George in his defence, said he shouted for some ale, but no one answered.He was seen coming out of the House, with a bundle of items under his arm, tied up in a silk yellow handkerchief. William Moreforth, caught George by the collar, and shoved him back in the house, then locked him in. But George managed to escape, by removing some tiles. George was seen running from the house by William, and a John Grey. John Grey caught George and brought him back to the house. The property had not actually been taken out of the house: Before George escaped, he had broken open a chest and put in the bundle, that William Moreforth, had probably seen George with, coming out of the house.
In court, his previous conviction of breaking into Richard Pottage’s shop and stealing items and tools (larceny) was mentioned and made note of. And although the property of Thomas Butler had not actually been taken out of the house, the Recorder, in court believed that they had enough proof of its felonious removal.
So George was transported for 14 years.

Convict Changes History

Richard Ebdon on 20th December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 274 Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons And Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners. England and Wales, Crime, Prisons, and Pu

Richard Ebdon on 21st December, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m

Richard Ebdon on 22nd December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 274 Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons And Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners. England and Wales, Crime, Prisons, and Pu

Richard Ebdon on 22nd December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 274 Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons And Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners. England and Wales, Crime, Prisons, and Pu

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