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Henry Hopwood

Henry Hopwood, one of 240 convicts transported on the William Metcalf, 23 May 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Hopwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1st January, 1869
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: William Metcalf
Departure date: 23rd May, 1834
Arrival date: 4th September, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 240 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 366
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

D Wong on 28th November, 2013 wrote:

Henry Hopwood was 22 years old and transported for “Receiving stolen silk”.

Henry was the founder of Echuca, Victoria.  He was born in Bolton, Lancashire, the son of Henry Hopwood, manufacturer and his wife Mary, nee Kelly.

11/12/1832: Henry was a gilder and married a widow Fanny Wagdin (walkden) nee Roberts.

1835: was made a police constable.
1838: For breaching regulations by living with a woman not his wife he was sentenced to a road gang for a year.
May 1839: he aided and assisted the abduction of his master’s daughter and was sent to Port Arthur for 2 years.

22/12/1842: TOL and rejoined the police.
15/1/1846: CP

When his sentence expired, Henry moved to Port Phillip ad became overseer of boiling-down works on the Murray River near the future site of Echuca.

When the works closed, he knock together the huts, licensed them as the New Road Inn and had a punt for crossing the river.  In 1853 when Francis Cadell and William Randell demonstrated the navigability of the river, Henry sent his plans for a tow to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe and, perhaps with prior knowledge, leased a section of the Wharparilla run, newly gazetted as the site for a future town.

In 1854 the town of Echuca was named.  Henry built his Criterion Hotel.
In January he became postmaster at Hopwood’s Ferry, b y March he had opened a butchery, bakery and boiling-down works and by November a large iron store.

In 1856 his remarkable pontoon bridge spanned the Murray, and in 1857 he bridged the Campaspe River.
Later he built a brick store, organized a school, planted a vineyard, published a newsletter and in March 1859 opened the Bridge Hotel.

Henry’s first wife died early in 1857, and in 1859 he married Charlotte Walters of Bendigo.

1/1/1869: Henry died of typhoid, aged 55.  His daughter Alice, born in Tasmania about 1845, married James McCulloch in 1867 and died without children in 1895.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 28th November, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1813, date of death 1st January, 1869, gender, occupation, crime

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