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David Dunkley

David Dunkley, one of 149 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Dunkley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Leicester (Borough) Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 17th December, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 54
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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Robyn Everist on 8th April, 2018 wrote:

Dunkley was a prominent Hobart merchant, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in December 1818 aboard the convict ship Lord Melville, sentenced to seven years transportation (Mercury 29 November 1845 p2, CON 31-1-9 TAHO).

Dunkley received his ticket of leave in March 1825 with Convict conduct record shows that by June 1828 Dunkley had a business in Liverpool Street, where he was fined for profaning on the Sabbath by selling meat (Goc 1997:97, CON 31-1-9 TAHO).

1846 Dunkley constructed a substantial stone hotel on the corner of Macquarie and Barrack Streets, known as the Duke of Wellington. Dunkley’s name can still be seen above the upper storey windows (Goc 1997:97).

Dunkley built a substantial house, known as St Helena near the current location of Wrest Point, Sandy Bay.

The 1848 census records that Dunkley lived in a brick dwelling, with his wife, four daughters and two domestic servants (CEN1/1/90 p419).

In 1849 the first Sandy Bay Regatta was held at Dunkley’s Point, ‘This Regatta, somewhat suddenly, but exceedingly well got up, came off, as the term is, on Monday last, the first day of the new year. Mr Dunkley very kindly gave up Dunkley’s Point to the Regatta Committee, and his house was thrown open to his friends in the most hospitable manner.’ (The Britania and Trades’ Advocate 4 January 1849).

David Dunkley died in April 1860, after being thrown from his chaise cart and sustaining spinal injuries (Launceston Examiner 31 March 1860 p2, Mercury 13 April 1860 p3).

The Dunkley family left St Helena, to live elsewhere in Sandy Bay. St Helena was managed by Dunley’s trustees (Goc 1997:254).

Robyn Everist on 8th April, 2018 wrote:

Details on his conduct record:


Convict Changes History

Robyn Everist on 8th April, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m

Robyn Everist on 8th April, 2018 made the following changes:


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