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George William Hooper

George William Hopper, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George William Hooper
Aliases: Hopper
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Waterman
Date of Death: 1836
Age: 33 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: November, 1821
Arrival date: 20th May, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 118. Tasmanian Archives - convicts: Conduct Record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-18,172,144,L,80. Permission to Marry. Colonial Families. Newspapers online: Colonial Times 27 Jul 1831; Hobart Town Gazette 11 Aug 1827.
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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Karry Fisher-Watts on 25th December, 2013 wrote:

Convict Ship Phoenix

Item reference ADM 101/59/6/1
Folio 1: 19 October 1821: Joined the ship at Deptford and reported to Captain Young, agent for transports. Folio 1: 27 ...
Jump to : Summary

Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies

ADM 101/59/6 Diary of the Phoenix convict ship from 19 October 1821 to 25 May 1822, sailing from Deptford to New South Wales by Evan Evans, surgeon and superintendent.

[From 6 January 1822 latitude and longitude positions recorded; from 8 January 1822 thermometer readings recorded; from 6 January 1822 general weather observations given, together with daily records of victuals issued from 7 January 1822].
Record Summary

Folio 6: 17 December 1821 at Motherbank:
Punished William Hopper, convict boy, with one dozen lashes for throwing a broken bottle at the sentinel.

Karry Fisher-Watts on 29th December, 2013 wrote:

Correction of the Record of Name:

George William Hopper was in fact GEORGE WILLIAM HOOPER the legitmate child of Christopher and Ann Hooper born 5 may 1805 in Parish of St John, Horsleydown, Bermondsey, Surrey England; died Feb 9, 1836 by accidential drowning in the Derwent River Hobarten Van Diemans Land.

Please correct your records.  I have all the Birth Certificates of George William Hooper on file.

Karry Fisher-Watts on 29th December, 2013 wrote:

Correction of the Record of Name:

George William Hopper was in fact GEORGE WILLIAM HOOPER the legitmate child of Christopher and Ann Hooper born 5 may 1805 in Parish of St John, Horsleydown, Bermondsey, Surrey England; died Feb 9, 1836 by accidential drowning in the Derwent River Hobarten Van Diemans Land.

Please correct your records.  I have all the Birth Certificates of George William Hooper on file.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 29th December, 2013 wrote:

On the official records of Tasmanian Archives,George is recorded as “Hopper”, therefore all records used for research would be found under this name. Leaving that name as an alias (or known as) will therefore link through. A search for Hooper, even though his correct name from birth certificate, would not find them.

Link above in Source gives details of his conduct record whilst under sentence in Van Diemen’s Land. Details of his crime are written across page (difficult to read) but indicate he stole one shilling. Mother still alive. Last worked for Mr. Kim (?), Dockhead.

Notice in Hobart Town Gazette 11 Aug 1827 George Hopper is listed in those receiving his Certificate of Freedom.

Application for Permission to Marry: 07/09/1830 - to Sarah Beckley (transported per Sir Charles Forbes). George, now free.

Newspaper article when he appeared as a witness in a court case in 1831 indicates he was a boatman who resided in Murray Street, Hobart. His wife, Sarah Hopper, was also called as a witness.

Colonial Tasmanian Family Links Detail
Gender: Male
Marriage/Relationship: 1834 - HOBART,Tasmania ( Not stated, SARAH )


David English on 18th May, 2014 wrote:

Christopher Hopper married Ann LLewellyn 1795

George William Hopper was convicted at Surry QS
on the17/7/1820 and was sentenced for 7 years for larceny. He sailed from Plymouth on the “Phoenix"1
on the20/12/1821 and arrived at Tasmania 20/5/1822
He received his certificate of freedom in 1827 he
was born c.1803.He married Sarah Beckley in the
Parish of Hobart Town,County of Buckingham on the
25/10/1830 they had a daughter Grace born 1832
they also had a son Frederick William Hopper born
30/9/1834.Sarah Beckley was convicted at Middlesex
on the 6/4/1826 for 7 years she sailed from London
on the “Sir Charles Forbes” on the 16/9/1826 on a
direct route to Tasmania and arrived 3/1/1827.
George William Hopper was accidentally drowned in
Feburary 1836 leaving Sarah a widow with two children.Sarah married Henry Weston at St Johns
Newtown Hobart on the 21/8/1837 on Grace’s death
certificate the fathers name was Henry Weston.It
looks as though Grace grew up as Grace Weston and
not as Grace Hopper.
Grace Hopper was born in Hobart Town in 18/3/2
she married William Honey at St George’s Hobart on
the 20/8/1849.William Honey,a butcher,28 years
Grace 21 years.Grace and William had a son William Honey born 4/6/1850.Grace was widowed at
Castlemaine Victoria in December 1855 with one child living and one child deceased.William Honey died in victoria in 1855 he was 42 years old.
Grace then married Richard Bowden at Castlemaine
Victoria on the 31/12/1856.Grace and Richard were both residents of Fryers Creek.Grace 24 years widow and Richard 21 years miner. Grace and Richard Bowden were Elsie Sullivan(nee Short)
Great Grand Parents.Grace and Richard’s children

Cara born 1856 at Fryers Creek,Victoria
Mary Ann Grace born 1859 at Kangaroo,Victoria
Priscilla born 1860 at Fryers Creek Victoria
Edward Henry born 1861 Fryers Creek Victoria
George William born 1864 Fryers Creek Victoria
Alfred born 1866 Fryers Creek Victoria
Thomas James born 1869 Fryers Creek Victoria.
Grace died 5/12/1893 at Deniliquin NSW age 63yrs
she was buried at Deniliquin on the 6/12/1893
survived by husband Richard and children.
Richard Bowden-fisherman,Wakool,died 7/7/1910.
Birth certificate for Priscilla has birth1/5/1860
at Churches Flat,Fryers Creek,Richard 24yrs Grace
28yrs. Priscilla Bowdendaughter of Richard and
Grace Bowden married Thomas James Short atDeniliquin.Priscilla was approx 16yrs

Jenny Welsh on 23rd April, 2017 wrote:

George’s conduct record whilst under sentence in Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) is on record but the writing is very difficult to read.  There are references like C.P.M. on many records, also what looks like “Upoda” which I don’t understand.  In many places the word “assault” seems to be written as “afrault”. I think the initials before an entry indicate the person making the report.
Here is my attempt to copy it:

HOPPER Wm Phoenix 17 July 1820.

April 25 1823.  PW/Stealing sundry articles in the Dwelling House of Thomas Bathurst 25 lashes
May 3 1823. PW/Neglect of duty 25 lashes and extra labour one week
May 6 1824. W Fletcher/Stealing from the gov .......afternoon a pair of sheep.  Sheep the prop of ...Gregg 50 lashes and Macquarie Harbour remainder of sentence.
10 Mar 1823 Neglect of duty 25 lashes. Returned to PW/......remitted/G.H.G.
18 May 1827. Apault./uplaid ?  Mr Flinn with cutting the ....... flesh aat M M and endeavour to write the ... in the P.B. to ill use him. Chain Gang 3 months.
29 July 1828. FS/Drunk and disorderly, threatening the life of Martin Tiny ordered to find justice to keep the peace for 6 months towards Martin Tiny (AWHH)
18 Sept 1828.  Drunk and disorderly Fined 5 shillings.
4 Nov 1828. FS/ Drunk and disorderly fined 5 shillings.
5 Feb 1829. FS/Bound over to keep the [eace for 6 months towards Elizabeth Nightingale
10 Feb 1829. Disorderly conduct and fighting in the streets. 
3 Apr 1829.  FS/Charged with stealing 9 yards broad cloth 9 pounds in the dwelling house of Mrs Bodrey, disorderly.
9 Aug 1829. FS/Bound over to keep the peace 6 months towards Sam Housechilt ?
21 Oct 1829. FS/Violently assault Mr I E Cox on the morning of Thursday last, fined 3 pounds and costs.
23 Jun 1830. FS/Assaulting and beating F. Spencer a Constable in the execution of his duty and also being drunk and disorderly to pay 5 shillings for drunkedness and 1 poind for the assault.
12 Oct 1830. FS/Drunkedness last night fined 5 shillings.
24 May 1831. Assaulting Robert Corsban, by the consent of the gov. the provocation is withdrawn and Hopper discharged.
8 Sep 1831. FS/Drunkedness fined 5 shillings.
22 Sep 1831. FS/Drunkedness and assaulting Constables in the execution of their duty fined 5 shillings and ordered to find surities for his good behavour.
1 May 1832.  FS/Breach of No 8 in culpably negligently receiving in his house and premises Ann Clancy a felon, fined 2 pounds.
1 June 1832. FS/ Assaulting and beating J. Gubby on the 31st May last-to find surities of the peace .
7 Aug 1832. FS/Assaulting W Robins in service to Mr Shaccy fined 1 shilling.
10 Nov 1832. FS/Drunk fined 5 shillings.

I anyone else would like to make any amendments to my attempt to copy his conduct records, please do.

Convict Changes History

Karry Fisher-Watts on 29th December, 2013 made the following changes:

surname Hooper (prev. Hopper), gender, occupation

Carol Axton-Thompson on 29th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, alias1, crime

David English on 18th May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1836 (prev. 0000)

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