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Peter Driver

Peter Driver, one of 280 convicts transported on the Aboukir, 24 December 1851

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Driver
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1831
Occupation: Nail maker
Date of Death: 12th August, 1898
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Yorkshire, Leeds Boro Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Aboukir
Departure date: 24th December, 1851
Arrival date: 20th February, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 319 (162). Tasmanian Archives.
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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Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 wrote:

Peter DRIVER was convicted at Leeds, Yorkshire, England on 1 March 1849 for stealing handkerchiefs. Previous stealing offences. 10 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Aboukir” arriving there 20 March 1852.

Aged 21 yrs; a nailer; 5’1” height; single man; Church of England; literate.
Native place of birth: Bradford, England.
Mother and sisters at native place

Colony of VDL:
2nd class status upon arrival
1853: appointed a Constable, at Pontville
Feb 1853: absent without leave. 3 mths hard labour.
22 Nov 1853: Ticket of Leave granted
13 Nov 1854: Absconded. 6 mths hard labour.
25 Nov 1854: Ticket of Leave revoked.
20 Oct 1855: Ticket of Leave restored
16 Sept 1856: Conditional Pardon approved.
18 Oct 1865: Free Certificate issued

22 Sept 1854: Application for Permission to Marry - Peter DRIVER (Aboukir) to Ann CURRIE (Anna Maria).  This does not appear to have proceeded.

27 May 1856: Application for Permission to Marry - Mary Ann THOMPSON (Sir Robert Seppings) to Peter DRIVER (Aboukir).  Note: Although there are two Mary Ann Thompson’s on this ship, the Sir Robert Seppings, it is recorded on her Conduct Record that this is the man she married.

30 June 1856: Marriage - Mary Ann THOMPSON, aged 23 yrs, servant, Ticket of Leave status to Peter DRIVER, aged 25 yrs, labourer, Ticket of Leave status, at Green Ponds, Brighton district, Tasmania. (ref. 37/1/15 no. 26)

Edward THOMPSON born 6 July 1854 at Hobart.  Son of female convict Mary Ann THOMPSON.  (ref. 33/1/5 no. 1279). Details not yet known if he survived and lived with family.

male child DRIVER born 10 Nov 1865 at Hobart. Father - Peter DRIVER, labourer, engine driver, Melville St. Hobart. Mother - Mary Ann DRIVER formerly Thomson. (ref. 33/1/9 no. 8097)
This child died the same day. (ref. 35/1/7 no. 5959)

Peter DRIVER born 30 July1876. Father - Peter Driver. Mother - Mary Ann THOMPSON.  Died 4 Aug 1876 aged 5 days.  Child of engine driver. Born and died at Liverpool St. Hobart.  (ref. 35/1/8 no. 3515)

Peter DRIVER died 12 Aug 1898 at the Hobart General Hospital, natural causes. Statement given by wife Mary Ann DRIVER, “I am the wife of the late Peter DRIVER, of 27 Bathurst St. Hobart, he had been ailing for the last 3 weeks but he had not seen a doctor for some time”. He had been driving an engine at the Railway works for the last 26 yrs.  Inquest conclused natural causes of death.

Mary Ann DRIVER died 30 December 1901 at Hobart, aged 68 yrs, widow, Wesleyan religion. Last known address 306 Liverpool St. Hobart.
Buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 24th March, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 319 (162). Tasmanian Archives. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 319 (162)), da

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