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Sarah Dobbins

Sarah Dobbins, one of 184 convicts transported on the Gilbert Henderson, 10 December 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Dobbins
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 5th June, 1882
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny from a person
Convicted at: Lancaster, Liverpool Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilbert Henderson
Departure date: 10th December, 1839
Arrival date: 24th April, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 144
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

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1840: On arrival in VDL, Sarah Dobbins was 17, single and a house servant (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON19-1-12$init=CON19-1-12p530).

1842, 9 February: Henry Howard per England (1832) was granted permission to marry Sarah Dobbins per Gilbert Henderson (1840) (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-2p042).

1842, 15 April: James Henry Howard, 28 and free [sic], and Sarah Dobbins, 19, a convict, were married at St John’s Church, Launceston (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD37-1-2p302j2k).

1846: Henry received his Free Certificate #42 (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-20$init=CON31-1-20p168). Sarah also received her Free Certificate #784 in 1846 (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON19-1-12$init=CON19-1-12p530).

See Henry Howard per England (1832) for further information about the couple.

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1882, 5 June: Sarah Howard, a widow, died at Launceston, aged 59. The cause of death was debility (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-51p16j2k).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1823 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th June, 1882 (prev. 0000)

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