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Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy, one of 250 convicts transported on the Charles Kerr, 06 June 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Hardy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th December, 1817
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Date of Death: 1st September, 1913
Age: 95 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 7 years

Crime: Theft of bacon
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Charles Kerr
Departure date: 6th June, 1837
Arrival date: 9th October, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 248 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 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 25th April, 2012 wrote:

The convict indents show that Richard Hardy arrived in Australia as a convict on the ship "Charles Kerr" on 9 Oct 1837. Harford Arnold was the master and John Edwards the surgeon superintendent.  Richard was 19 years old, could not read or write, was a protestant and single, and his native place was London. He had been a cabinet maker for 3½ years. His offence was stealing bacon.  Richard was tried at Central Criminal Court [Old Bailey] on 28 Nov 1836 and sentenced to seven years. He supposedly had no previous convictions [not true]. He was 5 feet 3¼ inches tall, of sallow complexion, with brown hair and grey eyes. He had lost the canine tooth on the right side of his upper jaw, had a small raised mole on the right side of his neck, a wart on the back of the little finger of the left hand and two warts on the heel of the same hand. 

There are no certificate of freedom details on convict indents. With a 7-year sentence, Richard would have had to complete one 4-year assignment.  OLD COURT Friday September 23rd 1836 Fourth Jury, before Lord Chief Justice Denman 2134. RICHARD HARDY was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of September, 5lbs. of bacon, value 3s, the goods of Benjamin Muggeridge. 

Prisoner’s Defence. I left home on Monday afternoon to go to the fair with six boys - we staid there till dark, and they brought me home down Old-street, and took down six pair of trowsers, and then went on to this bacon-shop, and two of them took two pieces of bacon, which they gave me to carry.

GUILTY.*  Aged 17. - Transported for Seven Years.[The asterisk indicates a previous conviction.]

D Wong on 29th May, 2014 wrote:

1837: Age 19 - Assigned to William E Cormack, Williams River.

1844: Married Savina/Sabina Hill (Born 1828 - Died 15/7/1907) at the AA Company, Dungog area.
They had up to 19 children, many dying early.  Savina arrived per ‘Briton’ with her sister Charlotte and was 16 when she married Richard.  She died of pneumonia, after a fall.

The Leader - Orange NSW 13/9/1913.
A very old resident of the Wallamma district, and probably the oldest man in the electorate of Gloucester, was gathered to his fathers this week
in the person of Mr Richard Hardy, the elder, who died at his residence, Nubiac, on the afternoon of Monday last. He sustained a fall in his garden last Saturday, which seemed to partly paralyse him, and which caused him to take to his bed, but
passed peacefully away, retaining his faculties to the last. Born in England towards the close of the year 1812, the late Mr Hardy had passed the century. On coming to New South Wales, he located at Dungog for some years, thence removing to the Wallamba district with his wife and family between fifty and sixty years ago. He was one of the first
settlers in this river valley, when the whole country side was covered by an vast primeval forest. He lived to see it transformed into smiling homesteads supporing a prosperous and
contented yeomanry. His wife after a period of wedded life comprising upward of sixty years, pre-deceased him six years since. The late Mr. Hardy was the father of eighteen children, some of whom died young, but the majority of them grew up and founded homes for themselves, mostly in Wallamba district. Included in his family and still living are Messrs R. James, Joseph, William, Albert, Chas, and Thomas Hardy, whilst some of the daughters are Mrs G. Holstein (of Gloucester) Mrs T. Dadd, Mrs P. Holden, and Mrs T. Middlebrook. Some of his sons are great-grandfathers, whilst the subject of this sketch had himself attained to the dignity of a great-great-grandfather. His descendants number about 250 souls—rather more. 
The remains were interred beside those of his wife in the Failford Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon
in the presence of a considerable concourse of people, the Rev. F. A. Wooder, conducting the beautiful burial service. “M.R. Times”.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 25th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817-12-14, date of death 1913-09-01, gender m

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