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Henry Food

Henry Food, one of 150 convicts transported on the Royal Sovereign, 29 August 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Food
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Brass worker
Date of Death: 28th April, 1846
Age: 24 years

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Warwick Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Sovereign
Departure date: 29th August, 1837
Arrival date: 9th January, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 134
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

Leonie Dolley on 24th March, 2013 wrote:

Henry was executed in Launceston in April 1846.

D Wong on 26th March, 2013 wrote:

Henry Food was 15 years old on arrival in VDL.  His occupation was a “Brass Caster”.

Henry was 4’9’ tall, pale complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, 5 dots left arm, was illiterate (reads and writes imperfectly).

1836: Indicted for theft age 14 - acquitted.
1837: Indicted for theft - 1 week gaol.
1837: Indicted for theft - 7 years transportation.

Henry’s conduct record was full of AWOL’s absconding, disobedience, being on the rocks without permission, having potatoes in his possession, also turnips.

In 1846 Henry was at the Oatlands probation party in January and absconded, along with Henry Smart.  They took to bushranging an had been committing other robberies.

On March 9th, the two Henry’s robbed the house of Phillip Oakden Esq., in High Street, Launceston and then the Rev. Dr. Brown, who lived next door.

They took money, clothing and 2 gold watches that both victims were wearing.  Dr. Brown’s servant escaped and ran for the constables who broke in the door and captured the two Henry’s.

On the 9th April, 1846 Henry was sentenced to Death without hope of mercy and was ordered for execution on 28/4/1846.

28/4/1846: Executed, aged 24.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 26th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1822, date of death 28th April, 1846, gender, occupation, crime

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