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Charles Donn

Charles Donn, one of 200 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], August 1811

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Donn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: August, 1811
Arrival date*: 31st March, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 46
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

Maureen Withey on 24th June, 2020 wrote:

Tas record. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-1$init=CON13-1-1p23
List of 80 male convicts to be embarked on ship Ruby of Calcutta, for the settlement of Hobart Town, extracts from the indents as per ship Guildford in 1812.
Charles Donn, Tried at Essex Assizes, 13 Aug 1810, Life.

Charles Donn to NSW per Guildford, To VDL per Ruby.
Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-9$init=CON31-1-9p10
5. Charles Donn. April 20 1813. Having a quantiry of quick silver in his possession which he could not give a satisfactory account of; 25 lashes.
Conditional Pardon, 14th Dec 1818.

Colonial Secretary Index.

DONN, Charles. Per “Guildford”, 1812

1818 Dec 14 - On list of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land to be granted conditional pardons (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.218)

Tasmanian Marriage Record – Hobart Town district 1814:
Charles Dann,  age 27, convict per Guilford, and Mary Cuply, age 22, convict per Catherine, were married by Banns, 24 October 1814.  Witness: Samuel Lightfoot.

Maureen Withey on 24th June, 2020 wrote:

Baptisms of children in Hobart Town, of Charles and Mary Donn, married, resident in Hobart:
Mary Ann, daughter of, born 24 Oct 1814, baptised 16 Dec 1815,
Charles,  born 6 Jan 1817, baptised 13 Jan 1817.
Lucy Jane,  born 30 July 1818, baptised 19 August 1818.

Maureen Withey on 24th June, 2020 wrote:

It appears that baby Charles died soon after his baptism, although the burial record has his name as Denn, not Donn.

Death Record St David’s. Parish, Hobart Town: https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD34-1-1p009j2k
Charles Denn, died 16 January 1817, buried 17 January 1817, 11 days old, Free.

MONDAY, 24th MARCH, 1817
Whereas in the dead of the Night of Saturday last. the 22nd Instant, a most atrocious and malicious attack was made on the Dwelling Houses of SAMUEL YOUNG and CHARLES DONN, two of the Constables for Hobart Town; whereby the Lives of the Families residing therein, were endangered, and the properties much damaged, and there being good Reason for believing that these Outrages were committed by some of the Persons who were engaged in the alarming affray which took place in Argyle Street in the Afternoon of the preceding Day, with intent to Intimidate and Deter the Peace Officers from from performing their Duty, His Honour LIEUTENANT Governor has thought proper return me to offer, and I do hereby offer a Reward of TEN POUNDS Stirling, to any Person or Persons who will give such Information as will lead to the apprehension and Conviction of the Offender or Offenders concerned in the attack on the House of Samuel Young ; and a further Reward of TEN POUNDS STERLING, to any Person or Persons who will give like Information respecting the Person or Persons who attacked the House of Charles Donn, on the aforesaid night.
A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Justice of the Peace
Hobart Town Gazette, 29 Mar 1817.

NOTICE.- A Mutual separation having taken place between me and my Wife, MARY DONN, all Persons are strictly forbid giving her CREDIT on my Account, as I will not be responsible for any Debts she may contract. CHARLES DONN.
Hobart Town Gazette, 4 Oct 1817.

His Excellency the GOVERNOR in CHIEF’S free pardon is awarded, at the recommendation of the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, to James M’Gill, who had previously an emancipation, and to Thomas Worrell, crown servant, for their exertions and services in the case of Michael Howe.
Charles Donn, district constable has received his emancipation, specially as having detected and seized smuggled spirits in Hobart Town.
Emancipations have also been granted to Edward Yates and William Lindsey, in reward of their intelligence and industry when employed under the Acting Engineer and Inspector of Public Works, in the construction of the Government

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 24th June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

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