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George Grover

George Grover, one of 160 convicts transported on the Earl St Vincent, 20 April 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Grover
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 3rd March, 1832
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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Sussex Special Session of Gaol Delivey
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Earl St Vincent
Departure date: 20th April, 1826
Arrival date: 13th August, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 163 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 14
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 11th July, 2012 wrote:

The Ghost of George Grover

One the more famous of Richmond ‘s many ghosts is that of a man who was supposedly murdered and thrown over the bridge by the convicts he tortured during the building of the Richmond Bridge. He was known as the wicked Flagellator, George Grover,

George Grover had been transported to Van Diemen’s Land after being tried at Winchester England for stealing and arrived on the Earl Vincent in October 1825 – two years after the start of the building of the bridge. He spent a lot of time on the chain gangs for bad behavior but by 1829 his record shows him as a Flagellator at Richmond . It was at this time that John Lee Archer, the Colonial Architect, authorised the rebuilding of the piers of Bigge’s Bridge at Richmond. Grover is said to have ridden on the heavy hand-carts full of stone from Butcher’s Hill, which had to be dragged along by the convicts, and whipped the prisoners like horses.

Robyn Everist on 11th August, 2016 wrote:

1832 - Murdered March 1832
3/10/1832 - Inquest detailed in Hobart Town Courier

3/3/1832 - buried at St Luke’s Anglican Cemetery, Richmond

Robyn Everist on 11th August, 2016 wrote:

1831 - October, while Richmond Gaol flagellator, stood trial for stealing a few bits of old timber, 12 months hard labour.

15/6/1832 - James Coleman (Colman) charged with murder of George Grover by throwing him over the Coal River Bridge (Hobart Town Courier).

Further details from inquest: families in Richmond were celebrating a Harvest Supper, and many of their “servants” (convicts) got drunk. A constable was placed to supervise the male convicts but overnight George Grover was thrown over the bridge. He was found the next morning, still alive. He said he had been thrown by 5 men, one of whom was James Coleman. Coleman was tried for murder and acquitted. The inquest tried to find a way to blame the newspaper editor, who was the person who had the convicts working on his property in Richmond. It was said he had given each of his male convicts “a pint and a gill” of wine and a glass of rum. As a result of his giving the convicts alcohol, all his convicts were removed from his property. The editor complained bitterly that the Chief Justice was accuser, witness and judge, who had passed sentence without ever hearing any defence or even making a charge. The Governor sent for the editor and said that this removal of his convicts wasn’t meant to happen, and he would get more convicts to work on his land only if he would apologise about what he had published regarding the Chief Justice. This instruction was refused and the editor still continued to gat convicts as the Governor knew they were always well treated and well managed.

Convict Changes History

Robyn Everist on 11th August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 3rd March, 1832 (prev. 0000), crime

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