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Henry Cornish

Henry Cornish, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Cornish
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: 1st April, 1831
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 235 (119)
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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D Wong on 6th January, 2021 wrote:

Lancaster Gazette Lancashire, England
1 Apr 1815
Henry Cornish (22) a black, for a burglary, in the house of Henry Sanders, at Liverpool.— Guilty of stealing to the value of 39s.

Henry Cornish was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: America - Henry was black.

Henry was 5’4” tall, black complexion, hair and eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
CORNISH, Henry. Per “Ocean”, 1816

1816 Feb 5:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Ocean” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.338)

1823 Apr 14-May 8:  To be transported for seven years. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 pp.93, 95)

1823 May 14:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.45, 406-7)

1/5/1823 Sydney Gazette:
—Henry Cornish was indicted for stealing in the dwelling-house of Mr. William Ikin, of Liverpool, on the 7th of November last, one saddle ; and William Rushton was also indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to have
been stolen. Cornish, Guilty—7 years.
Rushton, Acquitted._

Henry Cornish was again indicted for stealing a saddle, the property of Wm. Cordeaux, Esq. at Liverpool ; and Isaac Howarth for felonionsly receiving the same.
Cornish, Guilty—7 years.
Howarth, Acquitted.

21/4/1831 Sydney Gazette:
FATAL ACCIDENT.—(From a Correspondent.)-
A melancholy accident occurred at Port Macquarie on the 1st instant.
William Coburne, per ship Lord Melville, the assigned servant of Mr. R. Smith, of Blackman’s Point ; John Bowling, per ship Cambridge, the assigned servant or Mr. Guilding ; and Henry Cornish, per ship Ocean, in the service of the Crown, were taking the punt across the river at Blackman’s Point, and had reached more than half way over, when they were heard to cry for assistance, and almost instantly the punt was seen to go down ; the poor fellows continued to struggle some minutes, but before assistance could reach them they sunk in death.
The body of William Coburne was found by dragging the following day near where he was seen to sink ; on the 4th, the body of Bowling was found on the Bank, about three miles down the river; the body of the third of these men, so suddenly summoned from this life was discovered on the 8th instant, left by the falling tide on the bank, a short distance from where the punt upset, much mutilated ; (all having perished.
Nothing certain has been elicited, but the accident is supposed to have taken place from a want of due caution on the part of themselves, who, propelling the punt with their backs towards the calves, did not observe them crowding to the one end of the punt until past remedy, when it went down end foremost.
The whole three have been interred in the usual burying-ground by the Rev. Mr. Cross.

Convict Death Register - died 9/4/1831.

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 6th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st April, 1831 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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