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Richard Foster

Richard Foster, one of 300 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 27 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Foster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 9th March, 1859
Age: 68 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: -
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 27th October, 1819
Arrival date: 5th April, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 249 (126)
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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Larry Loxley on 26th September, 2019 wrote:

born 1791 in Manchester, Lancashire ENGLAND, and died 9 March 1859 in Cooma, NSW.He married (1) Elizabeth Parker on 31 May 1830 in Sydney, NSW.He married (2) Mary Ann Clarke on 4 October 1841 in Parramatta, NSW.Richard a Catholic, was convicted at the Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 7 April, 1818, term 7 years.His complexion was pock marked, height 5ft 9in, brown hair and blue eyes.He was on of 300 convicts that sailed from Spithead, England on 1 November 1819, on board the “Coromandel II” and arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on 12 March, 1820, then arrived in Sydney, Australia on 4 April, 1820.The Coromandel II was a transport ship of 522 tons built in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1793 and finished her life as a prison hulk at Bermuda in 1848.On 15 July, 1820 Richard was reprimanded for being drunk and disorderly and again on 20 November, 1820 was drunk and disorderly and given 25 lashes and 7 days for the Government, in his own time.On 30 January, 1821 he stole onions and potatoes from the garden of Jas Belbin, he was acquitted.On 25 June, 1821 there was neglect of duty and Richard was to labour the same hours as the goal gang for one week.On 4 October, 1821 Richard was given 100 lashes and transfered to Port Macquarie for the remainder of his sentence for burglary, break and enter the dwelling house of E. Orm and stealing money and sundry other articles there in.On 22 October, 1821 Richard was shown on The Sydney and Darlinghurst Goal records.On 1 November 1821 Richard was transported to Newcastle per “Sally” and on 25 September 1823 removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson”.On 30 April, 1825 Richard was granted his Certificate of Freedom.
More About Richard Foster:
Burial: 11 March 1859, Church of England Cemetery, Cooma, NSW.
Census: 1828, Richard aged 39, occupation Bricklayer, assigned to Alex McLeod at Luskintyre, NSW.Isabella Foster aged 48, Came Free, per Dromedary in 1810, “wife of Richard Foster at Alex McLeod”, Luskintyre, NSW..
Occupation: 1828, Bricklayer; 1830, Sawyer; 1842, Bricklayer; 1843, Labourer; 1857, Shepherd.
Place of Marriage: 1841, Solomnized in the Parish of St John, in the County of Cumberland, Parramatta, NSW witnessed by Benjamin Watson and Henry Hogan, by Henry Hodgkinson Bobart, minister.Richard being a widower..
Residence: 1828, Luskintyre, NSW; 1842, Parramatta Street, Sydney, NSW; 1843, Clarence Town, NSW; 1848, “Borce”, Wellington, NSW; 1857, Rocky Range, NSW.

Ron Garbutt on 31st December, 2020 wrote:

Richard Foster tried at New Bailey Court House, Salford

Manchester Mercury, Tuesday 14 April 1818 page 4. At the Quarter Session, which commenced on Tuesday last, the New Bailey Court House, Salford, the following prisoners have been tried and sentenced as under stated, to be transported fourteen years, Richard Heys, for stealing a pocket book and notes from John Whitworth; John Buckley, quilting from T Rothwell, Tottington Lower End. To be transported seven years, John Thompson and James Brierley for stealing sheep wool and from J Lord, Scotland; John Webster and James Metcalf, lace from John Healds; John Jervis, woollen cloth from D and R Grundy; Thomas Preston and John Curran, a watch from E Hope; John Leitch, cotton and rovings from J Higgingbottom and Robert Stott, quilting from T Rothwell, Tottington Lower end; James Rowbottom, cloth from Joseph Lowe; Richard Foster, cotton cloth from Batt and Napier.

Convict Changes History

Larry Loxley on 26th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1791 (prev. 0000), date of death: 9th March, 1859 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 28th September, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

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