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Richard Dillingham

Richard Dillingham, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Dillingham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 3rd June, 1810
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 5th June, 1873
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Bedford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 265 (133)
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 9th March, 2013 wrote:

Richard Dillingham was transported, along with Daniel Deacon (John 1832 NSW) for stealing a box 6.,  a drawer 6., 2 printed books 6d., a guitar 4s., a violin 10s., and 5 pewter plates 2s., from the house of John Farmer of Steppingley.

Richard was single, 5’7” tall, stout made, pitted, dark grey eyes, brown hair.

There were 2 misconduct charges on his record for being drunk.

1832-1835: Assigned to Messrs Lamb & Bell.
27/5/1840: TOL
23/6/1843: CP

1835: Had a daughter Mary Anne but was not married to her mother.

Four years after his arrival he wrote to his family that he was now situated within a mile of Hobart Town.  His job was driving produce to market in a horse and cart from a market garden.

He said he could swim in tea and sugar, had plenty of tobacco and good white bread, beef, mutton or pork, which he had every day.  Plenty of fruit and puddings, 2 suits of clothes and 3 pairs of shoes.  I want for nothing except my liberty.

As he could not write, he had his friend write the letter, in which his friend also said that Richard was thinking of marrying a black girl who was very pretty, but in the next letter home he said his friend had only been joking.  Perhaps Mary Anne was part aboriginal!!

There is no record of her birth in Tasmanian records.

After receiving his CP Richard left for Victoria to seek his fortune.

1873: Died in Victoria aged 65.  Reg.No. 5446

3/4/1852: Listed as Richard Dengan, steerage passenger per Sea Witch to Melbourne. His ship to colony was Katherine Stewart Forbes, and he had a CP.

There was no child listed with him.

Natalie Lonsdale on 10th September, 2019 wrote:

Richard died at the Bendigo Hospital from disease of the heart and lungs.

Natalie Lonsdale on 10th September, 2019 wrote:

The letters that were written for Richard onboard the convict hulk Woolwich, the transport ship Katherine Stewart Forbes and from Tasmania, can be found in the book:

The Dillingham Convict Letters: From the Hulks, Woolwich, the transport ship Catherine Stewart Forbes and from Sandy Bay and Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land 1831-9.  Edited by Harley W. Forster.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 3rd June, 1810, date of death 1873, gender, occupation, crime

Natalie Lonsdale on 10th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th June, 1873 (prev. 1873)

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