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Benjamin Garratt

Benjamin Garratt, one of 198 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 08 October 1846

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Garratt
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Worcester Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Pestonjee Bomanjee
Departure date: 8th October, 1846
Arrival date: 17th February, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [Maria Island]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 133 (68)
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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Anonymous on 31st July, 2011 wrote:

Worcester Quarter Sessions.

On his records his trade is ‘chain trace maker’ and his native place nr Dudley, so we can assume
he came from the Cradley Heath area or close to it.

He was first at the Worcester Quarter Sessions 2nd January 1843, charged with stealing
40 lbs of iron from William Coley on the 14th November 1842 at Dudley. He was aged 17.
His sentence was one month in gaol and to be whipped. 

Then on the 17th July 1844 he was there again, aged 19, this time for stealing a padlock, at Dudley, the property of Samuel Trowmans on the 14th April. 
His sentence this time, six months imprisonment with hard labour, and to be whipped.
(On the original indictment he is listed as Benjamin Guest, but the Guest is crossed out. Did he try to use an alias to avoid a harsh sentence?)
He would have been imprisoned in Worcester County Gaol.

                                    At Worcester Assizes
Trial Date 17th July 1846
Aged 21.  Robbery in company being armed, before convicted of felony.
Transportation 15 years.
This crime was committed with John Billingham, aged about 20, also transported for 15 years.
Billingham’s Tasmanian convict record adds “with violence and stealing money”.
His native place was Birmingham.
From Worcester they would have been taken, by train, to Millbank Gaol in London and then to
their ship, the Pestongee Bomangee, for transportation.

He had a Conditional Pardon 31st July 1855.

He met and possibly married an Irish girl, Jane Harkley (Real name Morrison).
She had been transported for 7 years for stealing clothes, her second offence.
She departed on the vessel Earl Grey at Kingston/Dublin 17th Dec 1849 and arrived 9th May 1850.
Marriage application:  Recommended 22/2/54

If they were married the marriage of Benjamin and Jane is not on the Tasmanian Pioneer Index,
but they had the following chidren:

Thomas Garrett,    born Longford 1855, died Longford 1855.
Priscilla Garrett,  born Westbury 1858, died Westbury 21st Nov 1859
Sarah Ann Garrett,  born Westbury 1860, died Westbury 1860.
F Garrett,        born Westbury 1861.
Sarah Garrett,    born Westbury 1864, died Westbury 3rd March 1864
Benjamin Garrett ,  born Westbury 1865.
Thomas Garrett,    born Westbury 1866, died Westbury 1870.
(Names as written)

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