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Alexander Dempster

Alexander Dempster, one of 150 convicts transported on the Hadlow, August 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Alexander Dempster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Hadlow
Departure date: August, 1818
Arrival date: 24th December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 81 (42)
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 3rd April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
17th June 1818
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

ALEXANDER DEMPSTER was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of June, one handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Francis Rivington, from his person.

JOHN BROWN I am an officer. On the 6th of June I observed the prisoner and another in Cornhill, at three o’clock in the afternoon - They passed me after Mr. Rivington. I immediately went into the road to watch them, and saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of Mr. Rivington’s pocket - I took him with it in his hand, the prosecutor turned round and claimed it.

MR. FRANCIS RIVINGTON. On the 6th of June I lost my handkerchief; the officer produced it to me, with the prisoner in custody.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I found it.

GUILTY. Aged 45.
Transported for Life.

Alexander Dempster was 46 years old on arrival.  He was 5’5½” tall, fair ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
DEMPSTER, Alexander. Per “Hadlow”, 1818

1819 Jan 4:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Hadlow” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.246)

1824 Jul:  On return of convicts returned to Government and assigned to settlers in the District of Appin (Reel 6028; 2/8283 p.63)

**Possible Death: NSW BDM - 1825, Alexander Dempster, aged 50.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 3rd April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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