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Henry Harrison

Henry Harrison, one of 300 convicts transported on the Adelaide, 08 August 1849

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 20th May, 1913
Age: 97 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Warwick. Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Adelaide
Departure date: 8th August, 1849
Arrival date: 29th November, 1849
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip
Passenger manifest Travelled with 303 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 98
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

D Wong on 9th October, 2018 wrote:

Birth date is Circa.

The Adelaide arrived in Hobart on 29th November where 40 men were disembarked. The ship sailed on to Port Phillip but was refused entry and eventually arrived in Port Jackson on 24 December 1849.

Henry Harrison was disembarked in Sydney.

1849: TOL Scone.

Henry was the great-grandfather of Inverell Aboriginal elder Elizabeth Connors and the descendent of many Aboriginal families across the region.

He was one of the last transported English convicts, and settled in the Wellingrove area, married an Aboriginal woman and lived among the Indigenous population.

20/5/1913: Henry Harrison died at Wellingrove, NSW.

22/6/1913 The Cobar Herald, NSW:
Old -Convict Days. -There recently passed away at Wellingrove, Inverell district, in the person of Henry Harrison, one of the few remaining convict survivors of the early days of transportation. Harrison, who was ninety six years of age, was sent out here abut 78 years ago for housebreaking in Warwickshire and had lived in Wellingrove district for fully 70 years. He was given a good character by old residents as a hard-working, honest man. The escapade which led to his transportation was his first and last lapse into crime. He lived with the aborigines for over 60 years and his ‘wife’ was a full blooded aboriginal who died 35 years ago. He has 61 living descendants nearly all of whom are living in Inverell and Tingla districts. After his wife’s decease he seemed to have the single ambition of bringing up his family as respectably as possible, and in later years, long after he had entered his dotage and was practically helpless, it was an education to observe the care and attention he received from the hands of his descendants. He was buried in Wellingrove cemetery.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th May, 1913 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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