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Richard Couchman

Richard Couchman, one of 400 convicts transported on the Tortoise, 28 September 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Couchman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 24th March, 1810
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 6th December, 1878
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 20 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Kent, Maidstone Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: Tortoise
Departure date: 28th September, 1841
Arrival date: 19th February, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 385 (194) NSW and Tasmania Convict Musters 1806 - 1849 The British Library Online, South Eastern Gazette 6th July, 1841
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 19th May, 2017 wrote:

Richard Couchman was 31 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘breaking into a stable and stealing linen from a laundry’.

Richard was 5’6” tall, Ruddy complexion, brown hair and eyes, scar on right cheek,could read and write, single, protestant.

Parents: William and Emma at native place: Kent.
4 brothers and 4 sisters at London.

19/2/1844: Probation expired.
5/8/1850: TOL
11/1/0/1853: CP approved.

18/6/1862: Westbury: Being on the premises of Mr. Cusack for unlawful purpose - 3 months hard labour.

29/5/1874: Westbury: Larceny - 3 months.

22/10/1875: Westbury: Larceny - 6 months.

1/3/1877: Westbury: Larceny - 6 months hard labour.

18/10/1878: Westbury: Larceny - 12 months Hard labour.

6/12/1878: Richard’s death recorded at Launceston - still listed as a Prisoner, aged 68, ‘Desease of the Heart’.

9/12/1878 Tribune, Hobart:
DEATH IN THE LAUNCESTON GAOL.__A prisoner of the Crown named Richard Couchman died suddenly in the gaol, Launceston, on Friday.
On Saturday, Mr. T. Mason, coroner, and a jury of seven, held an enquiry touching the death, and a verdict was returned to the effect that the man died from extensive disease of the heart.__ Launceston Correspondent.

Kerry Couchman Swinnerton on 15th June, 2017 wrote:

Original Sentence was 10 years for first offence (stealing clothes from laundry of Mt Jonathon Monckton, surgeon, of Brenchley, Kent and 10 years for the second offence of breaking into the stable of Reverend Hawkings of Lamberhurst, Kent and stealing a quantity of saddlery. Items were recovered together from both robberies, thus enabling conviction for both offences.
Upon arrival in VDL, he was given two years probation and sent to Rocky Hills Probation Settlement but 6 months later absconded. He was then sent to Maria Island for the balance of his probation period.
Richard appears in the 1844 Convict Muster as working for Mr Dyer at Wickford, and holding a 3rd class probation pass, and again in the 1849 Convict Muster as being employed by Mr E Dumaresque of Launceston.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th December, 1878 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Kerry Couchman Swinnerton on 15th June, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 385 (194) NSW and Tasmania Convict Musters 1806 - 1849 The British Library Online, South Eastern Gazette 6th July, 1841 (prev. Australian Joint Copyin

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