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Richard Cottle, one of 180 convicts transported on the Claudine, 19 August 1829
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||5th March, 1864
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 174
||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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Vic Cottle on 7th February, 2012 wrote:
RICHARD COTTLE 1811 to 1864
Richard Cottle was arrested and placed on trial 28th March, 1829 at the Somerset Assizes. Richard was found guilty of house breaking. He was sentenced to be transported to Australia to serve 14 years in the Colony. He spent 4 months in Ilchester Gaol before his transportation to the colony of New South Wales.
On the 24th August 1829, the ship ‘Claudine’ set sail under the command of Captain W M Heathorn. There were 283 male convicts on board. After 3 months & 12 days at sea, the ‘Claudine’ disembarked her passengers in Sydney on the 6th December.
Richard was originally put into service with George Blaxland Esq; but was not a model prisoner. He absconded twice. [Ref: Convicts & Employers (NSW) index: 1882, 1832-1833, jan 1838-Jan 1844] As a result, his sentence was lengthened and freedom came on the 3rd February 1846. [Ref: Certificate of Freedom No. 46/133 3 February 1846] He had served 16 years, 10 months and 6 days at the pleasure of the Crown.
Richard’s Certificate of Freedom describes him as 5’ 4 1/4" in height, with several scars, black hair, ruddy complexion and brown eyes.
On 26 June 1856, Richard married Emma Salina Goodfellow (nee Fairbrother), an English immigrant who had arrived in Australia on board the vessel "Bee" that year. The ceremony was conducted by Lovick Tyrrell, who went on to become Archdeacon at the Parish of St Peter’s in East Maitland, Hunter Valley.
Their first child William was born on 9th July 1857. His birth was followed by the births of Richard on 9th September 1859, John 12th May 1861 & Samuel in 1864.
Richard worked as a carpenter. According to his death certificate he died of acute bronchitis on 5th March 1864, at the age of 53. He was buried at Campbells Hill near Maitland, on the 6th March 1864 in Section 83, Plot 21. At the time of his death the family lived in Portland St, West Maitland.
Emma remarried to Theodor Pohl 12th August 1865 and moved the family to Tenterfield.
By Vic Cottle
Convict Changes History
Vic Cottle on 7th February, 2012 made the following changes:
date of death 1864-03-05, gender m