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Robert Forrester

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Forrester
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1758
Occupation: Farm at parramatta
Date of Death: 14th February, 1827
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Man robbery
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 293 other convicts


Primary source: Old Bailey ref. no. s17630910-1
Source description:

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Community Contributions

donald mc dougall on 14th November, 2014 wrote:


Robert Forrester and Richard McDale were sharing a bed with a third man, Simon Hughes,  in a London boarding-house on the night of 29 April 1783. They were accused of stealing six guineas in gold coin from their bedfellow, tried at the Old Bailey, found guilty and sentenced to death. They were later reprieved and sentenced to seven years transportation.

Robert Forrester arrived in Australia aboard Scarborough aged about 29 years. There is some confusion about his next movements. He has been said to have been married to a Mary Frost and gone with her to Norfolk Island. He may have received a grant of land there and become a farmer. If this man was the First Fleeter Robert Forrester, he must have left Mary and Norfolk Island, because in 1794 he was back in the Colony and settled on 30 acres at Mulgrave Place. Living with him was Isabella Ramsey who had been married for a short time to James Manning, a marine private. Isabella bore her first child to Robert Forrester on l6 March 1794. She was to bear him seven more children during their life together. 

Forrester became a successful farmer. In 1806 he is recorded as “holding 130 acres with 24 in grain, half an acre as orchard and garden, the rest fallow or pasture for his stock (30 sheep, 50 goats, 10 hogs).” 

After 1814, Robert seems to have left Isabella and was living with Jane Wilson on a new grant of 30 acres along the Hawkesbury. The records show him continuing as a successful farmer until his death on 14 February 1827. He was buried in St Matthew’s, Windsor, leaving behind a large family of children and grandchildren, all descended from Isabella (Ramsey) Manning.

Convict Changes History

donald mc dougall on 14th November, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Old Bailey ref. no. s17630910-1 (prev. ), firstname: Robert, surname: Forrester, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1758, date of death: 14th February, 1827, gender: m, occupation, crime

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