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George Foster

George Foster, one of 300 convicts transported on the Isabella, 11 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Foster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Iron founder
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 11th July, 1833
Arrival date: 14th November, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 176
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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Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2021 wrote:

1833: Precognition against George Foster for the crime of theft and previous conviction

Accused: George Foster, Age: 26, iron founder, Address: Leith Walk, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Glasgow (see National Records of Scotland; Reference AD14/33/507).


1833, 11 March: Trial papers relating to George Foster for the crime of theft and previous conviction. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh.

Accused: George Foster, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - 7 years Previous convictions: theft. Note: Pannel cannot write (see National Records of Scotland; Reference JC26/1833/565).


1833, 1 April: George Foster, 26, was received aboard the prison hulk Justitia at Woolwich. He was sent from there for transportation on 11 June 1833 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2021 wrote:

1833: On arrival in VDL, he was 26 and married (to Maryanne who was in Edinburgh). He said he had been transported for stealing a pair of breeches and a coat. He had a previous conviction for a similar offence (60 days’ jail).

1838, 11 March: For stealing or receiving a piece of meat, the property of the government, he was sentenced to 6 months in addition to his original sentence of transportation and to be sent on probation for 3 months to the Half Way Hill Road Party (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-14$init=CON31-1-14p92).

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2021 wrote:

1839, 9 October: Green Ponds Station - absconded. Sentenced to 2 years’ hard labour, one year of which was to be spent in chains at Port Arthur.

1841, 30 June: “The Lt Gov has been pleased to remit the unexpired portion of this man’s punishment sentence passed upon him.” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON32-1-2$init=CON32-1-2p180)

1841, 21 July: George Foster was granted a Free Certificate No.532 (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-14$init=CON31-1-14p92).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Dianne Jones on 27th June, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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