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David Harley

David Harley, one of 158 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Harley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Aberdeen Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1V
Departure date: 25th July, 1827
Arrival date: 30th November, 1827
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 0 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 243 (123)
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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Maureen Withey on 11th November, 2019 wrote:

Euryalus hulk record. HO-9-2-3 page 39.

David Harley was one of 9 boys transferred to the Euryalus hulk from the Justicia hulk on the 19th Feb 1823.

David Harley, age 12, offence, breaking into a shop and stealing various articles, convicted at Aberdeen, 15 April 1821, sentence, 14 years transportation. How disposed of?- NSW, Asia, 21 July 1827.

The prison hulk, the Euryalus, an ex-frigate of the Trafalgar fleet, was moored at Chatham. Over the twenty years that this hulk serviced juveniles, about 2,500 boys of fourteen and under passed through. There were also considerable numbers of older boys both in the juvenile hulk and distributed among the other hulks.  From the Euryalus, boys were transported both to New South Wales and to Van Diemen’s Land.

Tasmanian Conduct Records
Tasmanian conduct record. David Harley, No 795. Many disciplinary entries. Ticket of leave_1844, later cancelled.
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON32-1-2$init=CON32-1-2p148 Continuation of Conduct record.

Ticket of Leave granted. David Harley - Asia 2
Colonial Times (Hobart) 3 Dec 1844.

Friday, January 26, 1844.

Comptroller-General’s Office, Jan. 24, 1844.
In reference to the act of council, 7th Vict.,
No. 7, and to. the notice from this office, under
date 1st Jaunary last, respecting the hiring of
probation pass-holders from 1st March next, with
form of agreement appended, the following classi
fication of the convicts by the several ships, as
stated, is published for general information.
First Class
David Harley - Asia 2.
Launceston Examiner, 3 Feb 1844.

Maureen Withey on 11th November, 2019 wrote:


D Wong on 12th November, 2019 wrote:

Moderator: Will have to have another look at the sailings of the Asia.  There were 5 Asia ships, numbered 1,to 5, and each one made multiple trips. Will try to fix ASAP.

5/4/1822 Perthshire Courier Perthshire, Scotland:
David Harley, and Andrew M’Kenzie, house-breaking and theft.

Goal Report: A notorious thief.
Hulk Report: Very troublesome.

This offence: Shop breaking, prosecutor at the corner of King’s Street - I stole the Till.

Previous offence: Stealing a bottle of whiskey.

Father and Mother: Alexander Harley, Gorbals, Glasgow - I lived last with Wm Donaldson, 1830 MusterAberdeen, herding cows and sheep.

Single, protestant.

1830 Muster: Assigned to Mr. H. Maginnis.

1/6/1831 Colonial Times, Hobart:
David Harley pleaded Guilty to an indictment for stealing a hat, the property of Henry Leigh.
Sentence - Seven years transportation.

1832-33 Musters: Public Works
1835 Muster: Transported to Port Arthur.

3/12/1844: TOL

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 11th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 12th November, 2019 made the following changes:


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