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Christopher Higgins

Christopher Higgins, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guildford, 22 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Christopher Higgins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 23rd June, 1804
Occupation: Coach builder
Date of Death: 18th December, 1880
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Desertion from the army'
Convicted at: London Court Martial
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 22nd March, 1827
Arrival date: 25th July, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 121 (62)
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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Bernie Catley on 30th March, 2012 wrote:

Christopher Stephen Higgins Time Line in Australia 1827 -1880
Christopher Stephen Higgins was born in Norwich , Norfolk in England on 23 June 1804, Son of Samuel Higgins and Rebecca Russell of England I think and according to his transportation papers.
  On the 25th September 1826, he was tried in London on the charge of ’ Desertion from the Army’.
  He was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. He was transported from Plymouth on the ship; Guildford, which sailed on March 31, 1827, and arrived at Port Jackson on 25 July 1827.  He was assigned to the Engineers Department in the Sydney Area. On 15th December 1832, He was granted Ticket of Leave, Butt No 32/1173 and allowed to remain in the District of Windsor. On 14th July, 1835 this ticket of leave was altered to the District of Bathurst and on 15th February, 1836, it was again altered to the District of Penrith.
In the Convict Muster, Christopher Higgins was employed in the Penrith District by one Alexander Fraser. On 26th September, 1840 Christopher was granted his Certificate of Freedom, Butt No 40/1595. they state he was are saddler , and in the District of Windsor N.S.W. Research revealed that Ann Daly bore three children to Christopher Higgins in the Queanbeyan District, N.S.W there Names were - James , Elizabeth,  Christopher .
During this period of time, Christopher was a coachman with the Cobb & Co: operating out of Braidwood, and apparently the town of Queanbeyan was an over - night stop prior to the coach continuing on to Cooma and Manaroo Districts.
Strangely enough , although the above dates of birth were verified by there Baptismal Records , there are no records of there respective births dates having been registered, nor has any record been located which would establish that a marriage ceremony took place between Christopher Higgins and Ann Daly .  Although the Births, deaths and Marriages offices for New South Wales and Victoria, together with the Archives of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand plus Police records of the Eastern Australian States have been researched, there has been no information on Christopher Higgins which would tend to reveal his movements or actual existence after 1847.
Therefore, it would appear that there remains only two options open for the fate of Christopher Higgins and they are:
1. He sailed from the NSW Coast to return to either England, Ireland or overseas?
2. He became one of the "UNKNOWNS" on the Colony’s Coroner Records?
Oddly enough, a check of the NSW Coroners Report Index revealed that on December 26th, 1857, a male body was found drowned in the Canberry River, Canberry, the early name for Canberra.  An examination on December 31st, 1857 conducted by Mr Andrew Morton, Coroner of Queanbeyan, revealed that the body’s identity was known as Higgins aged about 60 years and alleged to have been born in Dorsetshire, England.  No other details were known and unfortunately, no physical description was recorded.
On January 1st 1858, the remains were interred in the Church of England Buried Ground, Canberry, district of Queanbeyan.  Rev P G Smith was the officiating Minister.
In view of the above information, it will never be possible to ascertain whether or not the said drowned Male was our Christopher Higgins.    Information found by Bernard Higgins 1978
New information has just been found in the last couple of years that Christopher moved to Beechworth Victoria and died there in 1880 by Robyn Bridge 2006 and Bernie Catley in 2011.

Convict Changes History

Bernie Catley on 30th March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1804-06-23, date of death 1880-12-18, gender m

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