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Ellen Hamer

Ellen Hamer, one of 128 convicts transported on the Roslin Castle, 17 February 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Hamer
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 8th November, 1811
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: 1840
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Roslin Castle (Roslyn Castle)
Departure date: 17th February, 1830
Arrival date: 29th June, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 280
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

Anonymous on 3rd September, 2011 wrote:

Abt 1832 Assigned to Rev J Vincent
Ticket of Leave 2/10/1837; cancelled in 2/6/1838.
Ticket of Leave 17/12/1843; cancelled 7/6/1843.
Conditional Pardon 7/2/1844.
Had a child with John Turner per "Mariner"; Isabella b: 11/9/1843

Glenn Robertson on 23rd August, 2014 wrote:

Married to John Turner 11/03/1831 St. Phillips, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Death 1854 Parramatta NSW Australia

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Sat 8 Aug 1829:
The following sentences have been passed:...
Transported Fourteen Years.-...
Ellen Hamer, 18, for stealing money…

Ellen Arrived Sydney on the ship ‘Roslyn Castle’ 29 Jun 1830. 19 yo. No education. Single. Washer woman. Tried: Salford 20 Jul 1829. Guilty - stealing money. Three former convictions. Sentenced to 14 yrs. Assigned to Rev. J Vincent, Sydney. Description - 5’1”. Ruddy complexion. Brown Hair - Grey eyes. Small scar on right cheek. Female Factory from 29 Dec 1843.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

There are three children attributed to Ellen’s relationship with John Turner (Convict, Mariner, 1816). William Turner 1834, James Turner 1838 and Isabella Turner 1843.

I can locate no information on the two sons, but Isabella married Charles Franks July 6th 1861 at Pennant Hills.
George was described as a bachelor under 21 a labourer of Pennant Hills, parents not listed. Isabella Turner was described as a spinster under 21 of Pennant Hills, parents not listed. The witnesses were Sydney Charles Franks and Sarah Osborne who both signed with their X marks. Bride and groom both signed with their X marks. Charles Franks gave consent to the marriage of the groom and Ellen Turner gave consent to the marriage of the bride.

Convict Changes History

Glenn Robertson on 23rd August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 8th November, 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 made the following changes:


Glenn Robertson on 9th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1840 (prev. 0000)

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