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George Dunk

George Dunk, one of 164 convicts transported on the Morley, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Dunk
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Basketmaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 7th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 59 (31)
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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D Wong on 6th September, 2020 wrote:

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal Kent, England
31 Mar 1818:
Walter Watchurst, and George Dunk, for uttering counterfeit Bank of England notes, at Gillingham, Chatham, &c. with intent to defraud several persons there__Watchurst, Death—Reprieved—Dunk, DEATH.

**Walter Watchurst was also onboard Morley.**

George Dunk was listed as 28 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Kent.

Occupation: Lath renderer (Plasterer).

George was 5’7½” tall, fair ruddy complexion, flaxen hair, grey eyes.

George Dunk was married with 2 infant children.

Petition: George Dunk to Lachlan Macquarie:
The Humble Petition of George Dunk To His Excellency Lachlan Macquarie Esq., Sheweth, That your petitioner came to this colony in the transport ship Morley (2nd), Brown Master, in the year 1818, having been tried at Maidstone (in Kent) in March 1818 and received sentence of transportation for Life. That your petitioner has a wife, named Mary Ann and two infant children, residing at Hurst Green, County Sussex, who is very anxious to come out to this colony to join your petitioner. That your petitioner has borne an irreproachable character since his arrival, and been equally anxious to have his wife and children with him, they at present having no means in life for their support, most earnestly solicits Your Excellency will in your usual kindness and humanity be graciously pleased to grant him Your Excellency’s sanction and recommendation to the Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies. Your petitioner is by trade a Basket Maker, and perfectly able to support his family in this colony, if the prayer of the his petition is granted; and petitioner as in duty bound will every pray, [signed] George Dunk.

1/2/1819: Macaquarie recommended that the petition be granted.

9/6/1821 Sydney Gazette:
Sydney, June 9, 1821.
THE under-mentioned Prisoners having absented themselves from their respective Employments, and some of them at large with false Certificates, all Constables and others are hereby required to use their utmost Exertions in apprehending and lodging them in Custody :—
George Dunks, William Johnson, Samuel Dean,
from Carters’ Barracks.

No records found after absconding, also no mentions of his wife arriving.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 6th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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