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David Gaffin

David Gaffin, one of 280 convicts transported on the Hougoumont, 10 October 1867

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Gaffin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1845
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 1926
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 12 years

Crime: Rape
Convicted at: Durham Assizes
Sentence term: 12 years
Ship: Hougoumont
Departure date: 10th October, 1867
Arrival date: 9th January, 1868
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 239 (122)
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

Lynn Sharpe Nee Kemp on 30th May, 2012 wrote:

David Gaffin was transported on the Hougoumont, aged 23, and arrived in Western Australia on 10 January 1868. He got his ticket of leave on 17 January 1872 and certificate of freedom on 17 April 1878.  Born in 1845, he was literate, single, a Protestant and his occupation was a Pitman. He was sentenced at Durham for rape and was given 12 years. His number was 9742. 

I have the newspaper account of his trial.  He was part of a group of men accused of raping a woman.  David Gaffin appears to have been a quiet, well respected man in Jarrahdale, Western Australia, so we can draw two conclusions from this:

1. This was a one off offence due to his youth and after he had served his time, he had learnt his lesson and turned over a new leaf

2. He never committed the offence in the first place.

His physical description: 5 foot 6 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, long face, sallow complexion, middling stout, several small coal cuts on face, scar on left shoulder and cut on top of head.
Source: Fremantle Prison, Crime and Punishment, Convict Data base keyboard search.

David Gaffin was a member of the Road Board (Jarrahdale which became Serpentine-Jarrahdale) from 1906 to 1922.  David Gaffin was also a member of the Board of Health at Jarrahdale.
Gaffin was an educated man and took part in community affairs and was respected.

In the 1920s, when an old man, he disappeared and was thought to have been lost in the bush. Although a large police-organised party searched for him for days he was never found.
Source: Fall V.G., The Mills of Jarrahdale, University of WA, c1972 p84

Notes from the file held at State Record Office Western Australia (SROWA) Consignment 3436 - 92/1927:

David Gaffin of Bonnie Vale, near Jarrahdale in the State of Western Australia, retired farmer, died on or about 26 June 1926. Administration granted to David Cecil Gaffin, labourer.
Gaffin’s last Will and Testament was made on 11 November 1924. The witnesses to his Will were George Watkins and his wife, Mary Isabel Watkins. (They were his neighbours for many years and for whom he had worked).
Gaffin appointed his son, David Cecil Gaffin to be Executor. He left £150 to his daughter, Evelyn Selina Mary Postans, wife of Frederick Postans and subject to this payment gave in equal shares all his real and personal estate to his two sons, Cecil and Wilfred.

D Wong on 1st August, 2018 wrote:

Occupation: Pitman.

Employed 3 T/L men 1876 & 1883. one grubbing.

Convict Changes History

Lynn Sharpe Nee Kemp on 30th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1926-00-00, gender m

D Wong on 1st August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1845 (prev. 0000), occupation

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