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Lydia French

Lydia French, one of 180 convicts transported on the Rajah, 01 April 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lydia French
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 4th June, 1853
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Essex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Rajah
Departure date: 1st April, 1841
Arrival date: 19th July, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 276. Tasmanian Archives - convicts.
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

Nell Murphy on 19th July, 2016 wrote:

Lydia French was convicted at Essex 20 Oct 1840 for stealing a bed curtain. Previous offences. 7yr transportation sentence - to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Rajah’ 1841.
Ship surgeon’s report: Quiet

Married.
Native place: Pass Green, Coggeshall

Assignments of work service in the Colony.

Application for Permission to Marry:
31 May 1842 - to Charles Selby. Approved. (ref. 52/1/2)
Married: to Charles Selby (age 27, free, tailor. bachelor),St. David’s Church of England, Hobart 22 Aug 1842. Lydia French (aged 29yrs, convict Rajah, spinster
Ticket of Leave granted 25 Aug 1844
Free by Servitude 20 Oct 1847
Certificate of Freedom 25 Oct 1847

Nell Murphy on 19th July, 2016 wrote:

Death: Lydia Selby 4 June 1853
Spouse: Charles Selby
Wife of tailor
Cause: disease of brain
(ref. 35/1/4 no. 62)

Nell Murphy on 19th July, 2016 wrote:

Husband Charles Selby died 26 June 1896 at Benevolent Asylum, Launceston. Tailor. Aged 81yrs. Senility.  Born Ireland.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 19th July, 2016 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 276. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 276), gend

Nell Murphy on 19th July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th June, 1853 (prev. 0000)

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