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Robert Henry Dye

Robert Henry Dye, one of 200 convicts transported on the Sir William Bensley, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Henry Dye
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Sir William Bensley
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 10th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 299 (151)
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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Maureen Withey on 9th August, 2019 wrote:

1828 Census at Parramatta, No 5 Iron Gang, Baulkham Hills
Robert Dye, age 36, prisoner, ship Sir W. Bensley, 1816, 14 years, Government employment, resident at Baulkham Hills, Protestant.

Maureen Withey on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 January 2020), May 1816, trial of ROBERT HENRY DYE (t18160529-22).

ROBERT HENRY DYE, Deception > forgery, 29th May 1816.
497. ROBERT HENRY DYE was indicted for feloniously having in his custody and possession, a forged promissory note, made to the likeness and similitude of the notes issued by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, he well knowing the same to be forged and counterfeited.
To this indictment the prisoner pleaded GUILTY, aged 22.
Transported for Fourteen Years .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Henry Dye, aged 33 was also sentenced to 14 years at the Old Bailey on the same date.

Convicts per Elizabeth Henrietta. To Settlement on the Derwent and Port Dalrymple.
Robert Henry Dye, Middx G.D. 29 May 1816, 14 years.
Henry Dye, Middx G.D. 29 May 1816, 14 years.

List of 30 Prisoners. Port Dalrymple.
R.H. Dye, arrived by Sir William Bensley, tried at London, 1816, 14 years.
Date of document: 22 Nov 1817.

Between Thursday evening and Friday morning some daring predators stole the wheels off two carts from the premises of Mr. Peters in Elizabeth-street. Early yesterday morning, owing to a vigilant search by Sergt. Cameron, of the 46th, who resides on the spot, the iron of the wheels was found under the drain communicating with the flour mill, the robbers having burned the timber work in order to elude discovery. Two men have been apprehended on suspicion.
Hobart Town Gazette, 6 Dec 1817.

On Wednesday ... Same day Robert Dye and John Briggs, prisoners, the two men whom we mentioned last week as having been apprehended for stealing the iron-work from Mr. Peter’s carts, were convicted thereof, and sentenced 12 months in the gaol gang.
Hobart Town Gazette, 13 Dec 1817.

Hobart Town Gazette, 11 April 1818
WHEREAS the Six Convicts hereinafter described did on the Night of Wednesday last, the 8th of this Month, feloniously carry away Two Government Boats from their moorings in Sullivan’s Cove, in the River Derwent, and are now supposed to be lurking about some of the Bays in the lower part of the Harbour. All Constables and others are hereby commanded to use every Exertion in their power to apprehend the said Felons, and lodge them in His Majesty’s Goal at Hobart Town; and all Persons are cautioned not to harbour, maintain, conceal, or in any way aid or comfort the said Felons, on pain of Penalties that will thereon ensue.
Robert Dye, about 5 feet 10 inches high, light complexion, light hair, about 28 years of age, was tried here for stealing four cart wheels from Mr. Peters and burning them, and came from England in the Ship Sir William Bentley, and was sent from Port Jackson to Port Dalrymple in the Brig Elizabeth Henrietta.

The whole of the crown Servants who took away the Government launch on the 8th ult. have been brought in, under an escort of the 48th Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant LEROUX, with the exception of Le Gart; who, we are happy to say, is the only absentee now at large, and who is most probably taken ‘ere this.
Hobart Town Gazette, 16 May 1818.

The prisoners who lately carried away the Government launch from her moorings in the harbour, and who we reported in our last Paper to have been conveyed hither under an escort of the 48th Regiment from Port Dalrymple, were on Saturday last brought before a Bench of Magistrates, and severally convicted and sentenced as follows:- John Briggs, 200 lashes, and 5 years to Newcastle; John Richards, George Edwards, Robert Dye, John Smith, and James Jenkins; 100 lashes each, and 3 years to Newcastle; James Flynn, John Johnson, and David Kelly, 50 lashes each, and 12 months in the Gaol Gang.  The lenity shown the above misguided men, whose daring and atrocious crime might have been made a capital felony, and caused the forfeiture of their lives, we sincerely hope will operate as a warning to others, who may be persuaded to attempts of a similar nature.
Hobart Town Gazette, 23 May 1818.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 27th September, 2020 wrote:

1822 - 1 Jul. Re permission to marry at Sydney.
Robert Henry Dye. Convict per ship Wm Bensley
Sarah Horton. Convict per Lord Wellington

Penny-Lyn Beale on 27th September, 2020 wrote:

1828 -  Census.
No; 6. Dye. Louisa. Age 17. C. F. Wellington. 1819. Protestant. Dressmaker at .. Bryant. Darling Harbor
No; 7. Dye. Sarah. Age 36. G. S. Wellington. 14 years. Dressmaker at .. Bryant. Darling Harbor
No; 8. Dye. Robert. Age 36. G. S. Wm Bensley. 1816. 14 years. 5 Iron Gang

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 9th August, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 25th January, 2020 made the following changes:


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