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Leah Horsey

Leah Horsey, one of 170 convicts transported on the Tory, 17 March 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Leah Horsey
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th July, 1877
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Somerset, Bridgewater Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Tory
Departure date: 17th March, 1845
Arrival date: 4th July, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 170 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 257 (130)
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 9th May, 2016 wrote:

Leah Horsey was the wife of Thomas Horsey ‘Tortoise 1841’ and was transported for ‘Receiving 5 lbs. of stolen meat’.

Leah was 46 years old on arrival, 4’11 ¾” tall, fresh complexion, brown to grey hair, grey eyes. Her occupation was a ‘Stay maker’.

Listed as having 2 children but had at least 5, Elizabeth 1821, George 1822, Martha 1828, William 1827 and John 1830. 
Son William, wife Selina and 4 children arrived in VDL 27/1/1857 per ‘Greater Tasmania’.

2/7/1850: TOL
24/5/1853: CP
29/8/1858: Certificate, Hobart.

15/7/1877: Leah died aged 78 of old age and debilitis and was buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Paupers section.
Thomas was also buried there 13/4/1877.

D Wong on 9th May, 2016 wrote:

Bristol Mercury Bristol, England
13 Jul 1844
PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE George Horsey and William Horsey, for stealing a sheep, which the above- named Leah Heorsey received, the property-of G. Langfield [John Quantock, an accomplice, was admitted Queen’s evi- dence]

There is also John Horsey (Thomas Arbuthnot 1847) who looks a likely candidate to being the son of Leah and Thomas.

John Young(born Kenneth Tuxford) on 19th August, 2017 wrote:

Leah was left to cope alone after her husband Tom was transported to Tasmania for life as the result of sheep stealing. It appears that her 2 sons, George (23) and William (16) were determined to get to Australia to join their father, so, as was the case with a few desperate people who wished to escape the poverty of Britain for a free trip to Australia where they would eventually be able to settle into a new life, they commited the crime of sheep stealing. However, it appears to have backfired - they were tried at the Bridgewater Sessions on 3 July 1844 and George and William received 12 months imprisonment each, but Leah was sentenced to 10 years transportation for the crime of receiving the stolen meat.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th July, 1877 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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