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Abraham Holroyd

Abraham Holroyd, one of 184 convicts transported on the Nithsdale, 26 December 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Abraham Holroyd
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 4th April, 1881
Age: 77 years

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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Nithsdale
Departure date: 26th December, 1829
Arrival date: 12th May, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 275 (140)
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

Coral Oliver on 11th August, 2013 wrote:

Married Elizabeth Russell 02/08/1844 Sydney NSW

D Wong on 11th August, 2013 wrote:

Abraham was born in Bradford in 1804.  He was married with 3 children in Yorkshire.

1839: Bank Warrant
11/2/1842, 13/2/1843, 4/5/1844, 10/4/1845: TOL Passport, Broulee Bench.

1845: Recommended for a CP
1/7/1846: CP

Abraham served 10 years in the Moruya district and was then given permission to marry.
Abraham married Elizabeth Russel, an orphan girl, aged 21, from Neww Ross in Wexford, Ireland.  They had 5? children.

Maureen Withey on 15th February, 2021 wrote:

National Archives.

HO 17/54/431829 Oct 19

Prisoner name: Abraham Holroyd.

Prisoner age: 26.

Prisoner occupation: Weaver.

Court and date of trial: York Summer Assizes 1829.

Crime: Burglary - a quantity of goods from the shop of Martha Brooksbank of North Bierley, Bradford in [1829].

Initial sentence: Death, commuted to transportation for life.

Gaoler’s report: Character bad, married with three children.

Annotated: Nil.

Petitioner(s): Martha Brooksbank (prosecutrix) with 31 inhabitants of North Bierley in the parish of Bradford; Martha Brooksbank in an affidavit as to the convict’s character.

Grounds for clemency: First offence; previous good character; has a wife and three children now nearly destitute of support.

Other papers: Covering letter from [Bery Beldon] transmitting the petition. Affidavit by Thomas Mitchell (former employer) as to the convict’s character. Affidavit by Matthew Lightowler (known convict since childhood) as to the convict’s character.

Additional Information: Held on board the Retribution hulk.

Convict Changes History

Coral Oliver on 11th August, 2013 made the following changes:

term 7 years, date of death 4th April, 1881, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 11th August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1804

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