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Benjamin Eaton

Benjamin Eaton, one of 230 convicts transported on the Dudbrook, 17 November 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Eaton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 22nd January, 1863
Age: 46 years

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 15 years

Crime: Firing a haystack
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes at Northampton
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Dudbrook
Departure date: 17th November, 1852
Arrival date: 7th February, 1853
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 234 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 572
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

Anonymous on 10th July, 2011 wrote:

Born Woodford, Northampton, Benjamin EATON worked as a groom at Woodford house. Married to Mary Ann HARRIS. In 1851 he was charged and found guilty of setting a haystack alight. He denied the charge, but was found guilty by evidence of large shoe prints with particular markings which led to his home and matched his large feet. Detained on the hulk "Defence" until 17 Nov 1852 when he was sent to West Australia. Granted Ticket of Leave in 1854. His wife and 5 children followed in 1855. Lived in Albany, WA, died of cancer in 1863, buried in Pioneer Cemetary in Albany.

Convict Changes History

Annette on 22nd December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, date of death 22nd January, 1863, gender, occupation, crime

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