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Robert Humphris [humphries]

Robert Humphris [Humphries], one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Humphris [humphries]
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 4th November, 1825
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 30th July, 1819
Arrival date: 18th December, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 190
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

Maureen Withey on 7th February, 2020 wrote:

Robert Humphries died at Moreton Bay Penal Colony.

Moreton Bay Records.
Robt Humphries – Recovery – Tried at Gloucester Ass., 31 Mar 1819, 7 years, trade - sawyer.  Died 4 Nov 1825.

He was one of the earliest prisoners sent there, and there is no Colonial sentence listed for him.
It is possible that he was sent there because of his skill as a sawyer, as skilled prisoners were used to build the penal colony before later prisoners were sent there.

This entry in the Colonial Secretary Index may apply to him, although there is no listing of the ship he was transporteded on, to confirm his identity.:


1822 Feb On return of work performed by sawyers at Longbottom Farm from 3 Dec 1821 to 1 Feb 1822 (Reel 6054; 4/1759 p.119)

1823 Apr 11 - Sawyer at Barren Ridge, district of Field of Mars. Recommended to Thomas Bowden as sawyer and requesting his services (Reel 6058; 4/1771 p.213)

D Wong on 8th February, 2020 wrote:

7/4/1819 Hereford Journal Herefordshire, England:
Robert Humphris, for stealing a quantity of bacon.

Ancestry Convict Indents:
Robert Humphris was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Withington.

Occupation: Labourer.

Robert was 5’6” tall, fair fresh complexion, flaxen hair, grey eyes.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 7th February, 2020 made the following changes:

surname: Humphris [humphries] (prev. Humphris [Humphries]), date of death: 4th November, 1825 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 8th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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