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Susan Courtney, one of 101 convicts transported on the Friendship, June 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
14th January, 1818
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 101 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 352. Tasmanian Archives. Old Bailey Court records.
||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