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Margaret Howe

Margaret Howe, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Margaret Howe
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1778
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 358
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

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, Margaret had a de-facto relationship with Richard Hicks (Convict, 1801, “Canada”).  The couple had 4 children born between 1806 and 1816; Sarah, John, James and Ann.

Subsequently, in 1819 at Liverpool, Margaret married Thomas White (Sailor - came free, 1803, “Rolla”) they had three children; Thomas, Elizabeth and John George.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Cenus of New South Wales:
Page 392…
[Ref W1440] Whight, Thomas, 55, CF, Rolla, 1803, Tenant, Illawarra.
[Ref W1441] Whight, Thomas, 9, BC.
[Ref W1442] Whight, Betsey, 7, BC,
[Ref W1443] Whight, George, 5, BC.
[Ref W1444] Whight, Margaret, 45, FBS, Experiment, 1804, 7 years.

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2017 wrote:

Of Interest, three of the children (Sarah, Thomas and Elizabeth) married into the Herbert family…
ie the children (or grandchildren) of John Herbert (First Fleet Convict, 1788, “Charlotte”) and Deborah Ellam (First Fleet Convict, 1788, “Prince of Wales”).

Denis Pember on 10th February, 2017 wrote:

Thomas White died in 1829.
He was crew, aboard the “Foxhound” which was wrecked of Coalcliffe, near Illawarra in New South Wales.

From…Reminiscences of Illawarra by Alexander Stewart Page 9…..
Going back to July, 1829, there was a small boat, called the Foxhound, that traded between here and Sydney with cedar and various kinds of produce. Mr. Barrett, sen., who lived on Heron Farm (where Mr. C.J.Cullen now is), and his son-in-law, a Mr. Cullen (not belonging to the present Cullen family), a sawyer, loaded the
Foxhound with cedar and pumpkins. She sailed from here for Sydney, I think, on the 28th ofJuly, 1829, and old Mr. Barrett and Mr. Cullen were passengers by her. They were going to Sydney to dispose of their produce
It was a very dark, windy, squally night. She must have foundered somewhere off Coalcliff, for neither Mr. Barrett, nor Mr. Cullen, nor the sailors, nor the boat were ever seen or heard of again. Some black-fellows came
to Wollongong immediately after the disappearance of the boat and brought word to the settlement here that there were cedar and pumpkins lying on the beach in an inlet on the north side of Coalcliff, near Mr. Gibbon’s
place [Stanwell Park]. This cedar was taken to be some of the small light cedar that had been placed on the deck of the Foxhound, and it was assumed that it and the pumpkins which were on the deck, had been washed ashore when the boat went down.
The place where the blackfellows had reported the pumpkins had come to land was then known as Little Bulli, and from Big Bulli, or the present Bulli, to Little Bulli, there was nothing but a pathway, and when one got near the cliffs the footpath was so narrow that it was very difficult to walk or get along there. It was considered a very dangerous place for travellers, for few persons could make their way across that part of the coast.
Constables Corrigan and Gerraty, however, went out there, and found the cedar and pumpkins on the beach as reported, and it was believed that these were identical with those that were on the Foxhound. None of the bodies of the persons aboard the vessel were ever found.
The boat was a good-sized schooner - perhaps 60 tons.”

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 1st February, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: f

Denis Pember on 2nd February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1778 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000)

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