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George Hubbard

George Hubbard, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Hubbard
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Boatbuilder
Date of Death: 1874
Age: 84 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 Life

Crime: High treason
Convicted at: Salop Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 123 (63)
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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Sienna Blake on 17th November, 2014 wrote:

George was convicted in 1813 of assisting French prisoners to escape from England during the Napoleonic Wars, and in 1814 was transported to Port Jackson. In 1817 and 1818, George was assigned as boat builder on two expeditions by Surveyor-General John Oxley to explore the NSW river systems. He was granted a full pardon in 1818 and appointed by Governor Lachlan Macquarie as government boat builder to the settlement at Port Dalrymple in Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

Helen Bodycomb on 22nd August, 2017 wrote:

George Hubbard’s wife Ann traveled to Australia aboard the female convict vessel the Wanstead (as a free passenger).

Maureen Withey on 18th February, 2020 wrote:

At Shrewsbury Assizes, George Hubbard, innkeeper, at Deal, was convicted aiding assisting General Bron and one Fain (a midshipman) two French prisoners of of war, at large on their parole, at Welshpool, quitting that place, with a view to make their escape to France, and was sentenced to transportation for life.

Manchester Mercury, 6 April 1813.

Maureen Withey on 18th April, 2021 wrote:

Convict Index, 1891-1873.
George Hubbard, Free Pardon. Arrived in Sydney 1814; pardon granted in consequence of meritorious behaviour on late expedition with John Oxley.

George Hubbard, General Hewitt, 1814, Absolute Pardon, 29 Jan 1818. in accordance of instructions from HM Principal Secretary Of State for the Colonies.


HUBBARD, George. Boat Builder
In index to land grants in Van Diemen’s Land (Fiche 3262; 4/438 p.42)
1814 Dec 6
Re disposal of Hubbard to maintain boats at Newcastle (Reel 6004; 4/3493 p.389)
1814 Dec 13
Re despatch of Hubbard (Reel 6004; 4/3493 p.394)
1815 Mar 31
Proceeding to Sydney from Newcastle; appears as Hubbert (Reel 6066; 4/1805 p.182)
1817 Mar 24, May 29
Was a member of Oxley’s expedition to the Lachlan River (Reel 6068; 4/1814 pp.27, 35)
1817 May 4
Repaired damaged boat on Oxley’s expedition (Reel 6034; SZ7 p.185)
1818 Feb 14, Jun 6
Paid from the Police Fund for work in the Dockyard (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.440, 475)
1818 Apr 15
Boat Builder on John Oxley’s expedition. Re articles for expedition (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.155)
1818 Jun 5
Commended for faithful discharge of work re Oxley’s expedition to the Macquarie River (Reel 6068; 4/1814 p.50)
1818 Aug 15
Paid from the Police Fund for wages as Government Boat Builder (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.492)
1818 Sep 19
Appointed Boat Builder at George Town, Port Dalrymple (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.509)
1818 Sep 22
Government Boat Builder, George Town. Re grant of land, stores and cattle (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.55)
1818 Sep 23
Re appointment as Government Boat Builder (Reel 6006; 4/3499 pp.71, 72)
1819 Jun 10
Paid from the Police Fund as remuneration for services on Oxley’s expedition in 1817 (Reel 6038; SZ1044 p.55)

It appeares that in Van Diemens Land, in his mature years, George returned to his original trade as an innkeeper, naming the premises, “The Deal Cutter”, reflecting his early years in Deal, Kent, and his ship building experience.

The bench of magistrates at Launceston, have granted the following new licenses to keep public houses in the Cornwall division of the Island, viz.—
George Hubbard, Deal Cutter, Wharf—
Hobart Town Courier, 28 Sep 1832.


For Sale by Private Contract.
Those eligible Premises, situate in Launceston, near the junction of the North and South Esk with the River Tamar known by the sign of the Deal Cutter.
The above premises are well adapted for a marine establishment, brewery, or tannery.
For further particulars apply to Mr. George Hubbard, the proprietor, on the premises.
May 27th, 1833.


George Hubbard, boat builder, aged 85,  died 13 Mar 1874, Launceston district. Cause of death, Senility. Informant, William Hills, Undertakers.

HUBBARD - At the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Weymouth, Spencer-street, on 13th March, Mr.
George Hubbard, aged 65 years.
Launceston Examiner, 14 Mar 1874.

THE funeral of the late Mr GEORGE HUBBARD will take place on SUNDAY, 15th instant, leaving the residence of his daughter (Mrs Weymouth), Spencer-street, at half-past 3 o’clock.
HILLs, Undertaker, Brisbane-street.
Launceston Examiner, 14 March 1874.

Daughter, Catherine Hubbard:

MARRIED.—On Wednesday, the 25th instant, by the Rev. John West, Mr. W. Weymouth, to Miss Catherine Hubbard, both of Launceston.
The Cornwall Chronicle, 28 Nov 1840.

WEYMOUTH - At her residence, Charles-street, on 30th November, Catherine, relict of the late Mr. William Weymouth, aged 63 years.
Funeral Notices.
The funeral of the late Mrs. WEYMOUTH will leave Messrs. McPhail and Weymouth’s, Charles-street, on Friday (this day), at four p.m. - HILLs Bros., Undertakers, Brisbane Street.
Launceston Examiner, 1 Dec 1882.

Convict Changes History

Sienna Blake on 17th November, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1874 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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