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Henry Drummond, one of 171 convicts transported on the Ocean, 22 April 1823
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||16th October, 1834
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 40
||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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D Wong on 9th July, 2016 wrote:
HENRY DRUMMOND, Theft > pocketpicking, 24th October 1821.
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
HENRY DRUMMOND was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of September , one handkerchief, value 2 s., the goods of James Cadwalader Parker, from his person.
JAMES CADWALADER PARKER. On the 28th of September, between twelve and one o’clock in the day, I was in Wardour-street, Soho, something drew my attention to my pocket, and I missed my handkerchief. I saw the prisoner and another boy in front, and saw the prisoner tucking my handkerchief under his jacket. I collared him, and took it from him. I gave him in charge.
GUILTY. Aged 15.
Transported for Fourteen Years.
16/6/1825 Sydney Gazette:
Henry Drummond, prisoner of the crown, charged with stealing a piece of corded dimity, made for bed furniture, from a dray in George Street, and which he was observed in the act of doing by Mr James Underwood, who went after and apprehended the prisoner whilst lying on his breast in the dray, as his last resource for concealing the stolen article, which was found under him.
Sentenced to a penal settlement for 3 years.
10/8/1825: Sent to Moreton Bay – Henry was then 17 years old 5’5” tall, fair complexion, dark hair, grey eyes.
13/11/1825: Absconded –
14/6/1826 Sydney Gazette:
John Boyd and Henry Drummond (Ocean 1823) were indicted for stealing seventeen sheep, the property of the Crown, at Moreton Bay, on the 20th of January last.
The prisoners were stockmen, at Moreton Bay, and absconded from that settlement, taking with
them a number of sheep. On the circumstance being made known to the Commandant (Captain Bishop), a constable and some soldiers were sent in pursuit, who tracked the prisoners for some distance through the bush. They, however, afterwards lost all traces of them, and returned to the settlement, and for a considerable time after no tidings were had of the prisoners; when one night an alarm was given that robbers were attempting to rush some sheep from the folds ; constables and soldiers immediately hastened to the spot, and
apprehended the two prisoners, who, it appeared, had returned to the settlement in the hope of procuring a fresh supply.
On being brought before the Commandant, they confessed having made away with the former sheep, and also that their object in returning was to obtain more.
On the trial, however, they pleaded not guilty, and stated, that their former confession was made with the view of escaping corporal punishment at the settlement and of being forwarded to Sydney, where they could have a fair trial. Guilty.-Remanded.
13/3/1826: Sent back to Sydney for trial, with John Boyd.
21/6/1826 The Australian, Sydney:
Sentence of death was then passed in the usual form, on the following nine unfortunate men: John Boyd, Henry Drummond, James Connolly, Bridget Pairley, Wm. Cusack, Thos. Watkins, Wm. Bateman, Wm. Hathaway, and John Hossle. The prisoners were heavily ironed, in proceeding to and from the gaol; where they were again lodged in security.
Henry Drummond John Boyd were then sent to Norfolk Island on the brig ‘Wellington’ which was seized by the convicts on board.
On the way to Norfolk Island the ship was overtaken by convict John Walton and others, it was then sailed to New Zealand, the mutineers left the ship but were captured over the period of a few days by the native New Zealanders and the ship returned to the control of the Captain.
Details of the trials in the Sydney Gazette
Sentenced to death once again – they again were taken to Norfolk Island.
8/3/1834 Sydney Gazette:
Mutiny on Norfolk Island on 10th January 1834, Henry was injured in the melee.
22/8/1834: Accessory in Highway Robbery on James Pearson on Norfolk Island – sentenced to death.
16/10/1834: Henry was executed on Norfolk Island – 28 years old.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 9th July, 2016 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th October, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime