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Robert Fergus

Robert Fergus, one of 209 convicts transported on the Mermaid, 30 December 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Fergus
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1827
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Firing a haystack
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Mermaid
Departure date: 30th December, 1850
Arrival date: 13th May, 1851
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 208 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 397 (200)
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

D Wong on 14th September, 2018 wrote:

14/7/1849 Leeds Intelligencer Yorkshire, England:
ROBERT FERGUS (20), and ROBERT DIXON (20), were charged with feloniously setting fire to a stack of wheat straw, belonging to Ralph Chipchase, at Hovingham, on the 31st of March last.  GUILTY. To be each transported for 15 years.

*Robert Dixon was also on board.*

Robert Fergus was 5’3” tall, dark hair and eyes sallow complexion, single.

Occupation: Mason’s labourer.

7/1/1853: TOL
29/5/1861: CP

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 14th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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