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Charles Duncombe

Charles Duncombe, one of 270 convicts transported on the Duchess of Northumberland, 01 October 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Duncombe
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 1884
Age: 91 years

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 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Essex, Chelmsford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Duchess of Northumberland
Departure date: 1st October, 1842
Arrival date: 18th January, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 212
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

Trevor Collins on 22nd October, 2014 wrote:

Charles was also convicted of indecent exposure after his arrival in VDL.
He was later joined by his son Alfred, of his own free will, who later married and raised a large family with Mary Leckie daughter of a local businessman who Alfred worked for having dragged himself out of the Workhouse in the UK following his father’s transportation.

D Wong on 22nd October, 2014 wrote:

Charles Duncombe was 48 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Obtaining goods under false pretences’ – this had to do with the theft of two shovels which he denied knowing anything about.

Once imprisoned for breaking the rules; once for 3 rabbits convicted 6 mths imprisoned

Charles was 5’1 ½” tall, could read, widowed, protestant, ruddy complexion, brown/grey hair, light grey eyes. Hard of hearing.

5/1/1847: TOL
25/2/1848: Certificate.

1843: Married Mary Easton.  Was married to Hannah Carter before being transported.  Hannah died soon after he was sent out.

1/12/1884 Daily Telegraph, Launceston:
An old identity,  named Charles Duncombe, died yesterday,  aged 90 years. The poor old fellow had been blind for a considerable time.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 22nd October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1884 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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