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George Dent

George Dent, one of 200 convicts transported on the John, 26 January 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Dent
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 12th February, 1862
Age: 53 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: John
Departure date: 26th January, 1832
Arrival date: 8th June, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 260
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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Anonymous on 7th August, 2011 wrote:

George was tried at the Old Bailey in London on 12 May 1831 and was Indictment Number 28 for that month.  He was charged that on 12 April he did steal a considerable number of items from the dwelling house of Sarah Davies who, with her husband William Brown Davies and three others, appeared as witnesses against him.

George was found guilty and was sentenced "to be hung by the neck until he was dead".  As the charge stated he "robbed his employer" and the Indent described George’s trade as a butcher, it is assumed that Sarah Davies or her husband William Davies or both were butchers or at least owned the premises where George was living and/or employed at the time of the offence.  George was then 22 and was described as five feet seven inches (170cms) in height, brown hair, hazel grey eyes, a brown freckled complexion and had a disfigurement on his left thumbnail.  Perhaps because he has no previous convictions, George was granted a reprieve and sentenced to transportation for life in the colony of New South Wales.

He was confined to the Retribution, oone of the many hulks in the River Thames or in the Medway which opens into the Thames from the river which flows through Kent.  He remained in custody in the Thames area for the next ten months, probably being required to "work on the Kings dock".  One convict was re-landed before the ship sailed, the reason being no doubt that he was too ill to travel.

George boarded the vessel, "John" or "John I", and sailed from the Downs, which is just off the east coast of Kent near Ramsgate on 7 February 1832 (alternate date 26 Jan 1832) and the voyage to Port Jackson was accomp[ished in the relatively fast time of 122 days, landing in Sydney Cove on 8 June 1832.  Two convicts died at sea.

George was assigned to Sir John Jamison who owned a large property called "Regentville" at Mulgoa, just outside Penrith, New South Wales, where he was employed in his trade, as a butcher.  He received his Ticket of Leave on 1 August 1840.  The ticket was given to George who would have had to produce it when requested by the authorities.  The notation on the left hand margin, "CP Feb/47" indicates that George was granted a conditional pardon in June 1848.

Refernce for 26 Jan departure of "John" is http://enc.slq.qld.gov.au/logicrouter/servlet/LogicRouter?PAGE=object&OUTPUTXSL=object_enc36ui.xslt&pm_RC=REPOMUSICD&pm_OI=131370&pm_GT=Y&pm_IAC=Y&api_1=GET_OBJECT_XML&num_result=0
British Convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database

George Dent died 12 Feb 1862 at Penrith, aged 52, after a week of Delirium Tremors.  George was listed as a Butcher.  Last seen Thos 13:m Haylock.  Father listed as William, a laborer, mother’s maiden name Elizabeth King. Lived 30 years in NSW.  Married 35 years to Ann Burke.  Children left behind William 16, Mary Ann 15, Eliza 13, George 11, Thomas 9, Rebecca 7. Buried 14 Feb 1862 in Penrith –

See ‘Free Settlers and Convictst in Early Australia’, Warren Dent , Infinity Publishing,2010 USA ISBN 0-7414-6108-0

Warren Dent on 10th March, 2013 wrote:

George was born at the end of 1809 or start of 1810.  He was christened at St.  John the Baptist C. of E. Erith, Kent, England on 18 Feb 1810.  So his bithdate could not be 1819.  Age at death was 52

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1819, date of death 12th February, 1862, gender, occupation, crime

Warren Dent on 10th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1809

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