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Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes, one of 250 convicts transported on the Joseph Somes, 18 December 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Andrew Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st August, 1831
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Northumberland, Hexham Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Joseph Somes
Departure date: 18th December, 1845
Arrival date: 19th May, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 408
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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D Wong on 25th December, 2015 wrote:

Andrew Holmes was said to be 11 years old on arrival in VDL, however his birth date was 1831 so he was actually 14.

Andrew was transported for ‘stealing soap and an umbrella’.

Andrew was 4’ 7 ½” tall, could read and write a little, fair complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes.

Father: Andrew
Mother: Isabella
Brothers: Joh, Thomas, William
Sisters: Jane
All at his native place of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

31/1/1852: CP
2/7/1853: Free Certificate

Edward Bear on 29th December, 2015 wrote:

Saturday, Before the mayor and M.Longbridge and
R. Plummer, Esqrs - Andrew Holmes ,a little boy was
brought up charged with felony. A man in the
employ of Mr Challoner, Chemist, Grey Street, stated
that he caught the prisoner in his masters warehouse
passage about a quarter to eight o clock last night,
with the inner door open and a sponge in his hand,
which he had taken out of a glass casement. The
prisoner is a reputed thief. He was reprimanded and
committed to the house of correction for on calendar
month hard labour.

Andrew Holmes was charged with stealing on the
2nd June an umbrella and 5lbs of soap from the National
school North Shields. The prisoner was taken into custody
as a suspicious character and the property which was
identified was found in his possession. The prisoner was
found guilty of stealing the umbrella only, there being
some doubt about the ownership of the soap. A previous
conviction was recorded. To be transported seven years.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 21st August, 1831 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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