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Benjamin Hodgson

Benjamin Hodgson, one of 176 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 29 May 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Hodgson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 18th April, 1811
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: 2nd May, 1865
Age: 54 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: York (Leeds Boro') Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 29th May, 1830
Arrival date: 21st October, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 379 (192)
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 18th June, 2011 wrote:

name was Benjamin Thomas Hodgson married Sarah Ann Say and had 5 children. He died in 1865, they had 8 children, including Rebecca, Martha, Benjamin, Joseph, Jane and Mary. I have identified all their direct descendent> I believe that Benjamin came from Leeds. All the details I have are on ancestry.

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2011 wrote:

Appears that Benjamin also had a brother deported to Australia called William

Anonymous on 21st October, 2011 wrote:

There are letters written back to England by Benjamin - he found his brother William after about 6 years of searching. he was from Leeds. his brothers were William, John, Jack and Joesph. Another relation Benjamin lambert Hodgson went to Amercia.

Anonymous on 29th January, 2012 wrote:

Martha married Edward Coulter
Elizabeth married Charles Harrison and then James Young
Rebecca married Thomas Blakey
Joesph married Lillian Australia Ireland
Jane Emma married James Watson
Sarah Anne married Richard Morgan then James Curtin
Mary Anne married Axel Bech - Balmain

If you would like further information please contact me mpmccook@clear.net.nz

Michael Mccook on 23rd June, 2012 wrote:

Children of Mary Ann Hodgson and Axel Bech

Axel Bech
1858 – 1912
Emma Sarah M Bech
1884 – 1965
Gustav A J W Bech
1885 – 1950
Dagmar Louise Bech
1886 – 1948
Gertrude Lauritz Bech
1889 – 1966
Emily Edith Hilma Bech
1891 – 1971

Michael Mccook on 23rd June, 2012 wrote:

Children of Sarah Ann Hodgson

Richard Thomas Morgan
– 1906
L Morgan
Richard David Morgan
1881 – 1966
Spouse & Children
James Curtin

Michael Mccook on 23rd June, 2012 wrote:

Children of jane Emma Hodgson

Sarah Ann Watson
1870 –
Isabelle Jane Watson
1872 – 1881
Emma Jane Watson
1875 –
Margaret E Watson
1877 –
Joseph Thomas Watson
1880 –
James Samuel Watson
1882 – 1950
Bertha Jane WATSON
1884 – 1952
Elizabeth M Watson
1887 – 1958
Florence Olive Watson
1889 – 1962

Michael Mccook on 23rd June, 2012 wrote:

Children of Martha Ann Hodgson

Edward Coulter
1841 – 1907
Florence Eva Coulter
1867 – 1940
William J Coulter
1869 – 1869
Mary Ann Jane Coulter
1870 – 1907
William Edward Coulter
1872 – 1917
John James Coulter
1875 – 1875
Isabella Coulter
1875 – 1956
Bertha June Coulter
1877 – 1967
Edward W Coulter
1878 – 1878
Edward Albert Coulter
1879 – 1944
Joesph Graham Coulter
1882 – 1963
Violet M Coulter
1882 – 1882
John Sidney Coulter
1885 – 1962

Michael Mccook on 19th July, 2012 wrote:

The letter from Benjamin, sent from the "Retribution Hulk, Sheerness," on March 11, 1830, begins with the salutation Dear F & M, which can only mean father and mother, It is addressed to Thomas Hodgson, his father.

Anonymous on 10th September, 2012 wrote:

I now have transcripts and copies of original letters written home by Benjamin and his brother William Hodgson covering the period 1823 through to 1852, there are some 14 letters.

Please email me if you would like copies

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

Emma Sara Bech

Marriage to Peter Riber Mathieson
St Marys, Church of England
MATHIESON-BECH -Jul 27, at St Mary’s Church of England East Balmain by Rev Howell Price, John Riber Mathieson, British Columbia, Canada, to Emma, eldest daughter of the late Axel Beck and Mrs M A Bech, Kronberg, East Balmain

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Gustav Bech married Maude

BECH Maude Victoria -September 8 1951 at her residence 24 Noble Street Mosman widow of the late Gustav Bech and loved mother oí Muriel Edward and Beril and loved sister of George Charles and Arthur (deceased) and loving nana of Teddy, Chris, Peter, R

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

Dagmar Bech

26 Apr
Age: 26
Marriage to Albert Edward Bulfin
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
BULFIN-BECH - April 26, 1913, at St Mary’s Church Darling street, Balmain East, by the Rev J Howell Price, Albert Edward, only son of the late George Bulfin and Mrs. Bulfin, of Drummoyne, to DagmarLouise, second daughter of the late Axel Bech and
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Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

Gertrude Lauritz Bech

Age: 24
Marriage to John Christopher Tait Zellar
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
1 source citation
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Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

The ship "Retribution" first named HMS Edgar
HMS Edgar was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, that saw service in the American Revolutionary, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Launched in 1779, she fought in the battles of Cape St Vincent (in 1780) and Copenhagen (in 1801

Anonymous on 22nd September, 2012 wrote:

22 May
Age: 19
Sheerness, Kent, England
Moved from the "Retribution" Hulk, Sheerness," on 11 March, 1830 Letter sent home on the Lord Melville gives departure date in May 1830

Michael Mccook on 21st October, 2012 wrote:

Brother of William Hodgson transported on the “Asia”

Michael McCook on 19th May, 2018 wrote:

If you would like to find more on this person and his family including 12 letters written by Ben goto https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hodgson-234

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 29th January, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1865-11-18, gender m

Michael Mccook on 21st October, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1811, occupation

Eric Harry Daly on 20th January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 18th April, 1811, date of death 2nd May, 1865, crime

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