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Susan Courtney

Susan Courtney, one of 101 convicts transported on the Friendship, June 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Susan Courtney
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Friendship
Departure date: June, 1817
Arrival date: 14th January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 101 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 352. Tasmanian Archives. Old Bailey Court records.
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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Nell Murphy on 13th April, 2019 wrote:

Susan COURTNEY was convicted at Middlesex Gaol, London on 16 April 1817 for coining offences. Pleaded Guilty, however not guilty on further charges of forgery and deception. Transportation 14 yrs.  Sent to Australia, New South Wales per the ship “Friendship” 1818.

Susan Courtney was then transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Duke of Wellington” 1818.

Assigned to work services in the Colony of VDL.
18 Nov 1819: Committing a robbery at Mrs. Anson’s house. Discharged. Rev’d R. Knopwood, Magistrate.
No further notes on her Conduct Record.

A story of her life is highlighted in the book “Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls” by author Philip Tardif. “On the voyage she was described by the ship’s surgeon as a common prostitute, insolvent and mutinous”.  (ref. The Canberra Times newspaper 29 Sept 1990)

Susan COURTNEY married John PECK at Hobart Town in 1822.

Susan COURTNEY/PECK made the return journey to England, but however on 10 Sept 1823 found herself charged with returning from transportation before the expiration of her term   at Middlsex Court.  Guilty, death sentence.  She used the alias name of “Eizabeth JONES”. Then aged 27 yrs. The sentence was commuted to Transport for Life and she returned to Austraia per the ship “Grenada” arriving 25 Jan 1825. (https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/courtney/susan/85187)

Further research is needed on her life in New South Wales.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 13th April, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 352. Tasmanian Archives. Old Bailey Court records. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Num

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