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Matthew Doncaster

Matthew Doncaster, one of 200 convicts transported on the England, 31 March 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Matthew Doncaster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Notts. Town Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: England
Departure date: 31st March, 1832
Arrival date: 18th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 295 (148)
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 29th April, 2014 wrote:

Matthew Doncaster was 18 years old when transported for stealing 1 pair of breeches.

Matthew had 5 previous convictions: 6 months for stealing bacon, 2 months for stealing from a garden, 2 similar offences, and 2 months for stealing rabbits.

Matthew was 5’7 1/4” tall, dark grey eyes, brown hair.

1832: Public Works
1833-1835: In July 1833 was charged with a felony and was transported to Port Arthur.

27/8/1838: In Hobard - drunk
18/7/1839: On a chain gang - Insubordination and violently assaulting the overseer - to be removed to Port Arthur for 2 years.

28/9/1845: TOL
21/7/1847: Free Certificate.
No more records of him in VDL

1854: Geelong - Felony - no outcome.
20/7/1861: Geelong:-
Matthew Doncaster pleaded “Not Guilty ” to
stealing a quantity of sheepskins, the property
of Mr. Corrigan. William Negus, butcher, who
had been committed along with the prisoner on
the same charge, was called up and discharged.
Mr. Negus was subsequently called as a witness, and proved that he bought the skins from the prisoner. The jury returned a verdict of
” Guilty ;” and the prisoner was sentenced to six
months’ imprisonment.

No death date found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 29th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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