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Peter Kemp

Peter Kemp, one of 200 convicts transported on the Planter, 13 June 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Peter Kemp
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1898
Age: 83 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 14 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Sussex Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Planter
Departure date: 13th June, 1832
Arrival date: 15th October, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 348
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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Phil Hands on 21st March, 2017 wrote:

Peter was tried and convicted at the Sussex Assizes on 19th March 1832 for burglary, sentenced to transportation for 14 years, he was 16 years old.
Left England on 16th June 1832.
Ship:- the ‘Planter’ sailed with 200 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 15th October 1832.

Granted Ticket of Leave on 12th December 1839.
Granted Certificate of Freedom on 31st August 1846.

Married Sophia Huxley (daughter of Thomas Huxley & his wife Mary Ann) in 1849 at Colo, Hawkesbury District, they had 14 children between 1847-1870, their son Peter (1853-1921) was a World Sculling Champion in the late 1800’s.

Peter died at sea off Newcastle NSW on board the tugboat ‘Little Nell’ on 16th December 1898.

Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Saturday 24th December 1898, page 9
ONE of the Hawkesbury’s old identities, Mr Peter Kemp, senr.—a man who had lived by the water’s edge the greater part of his life, an expert swimmer and a good oarsman—was drowned last week through the foundering of the tug Little Nell, ten miles from Newcastle. The tug was proceeding to Newcastle from Sydney, having on board a crew of four, Mr Kemp being the only passenger; of the
former, Captain Bastian was also drowned. The Little Nell left Sydney at 6 o’clock on Friday morning, and got into a rough sea about a mile from Redhead. A dense volume of water came over her lee rail, and she heeled over and sank in a few minutes, Mr Kemp, who was in the cabin, going down with her. Although 83 years of age, he was a hale and hearty man, and it is believed that had he been able to strike out he would have saved himself, as he was still a vigorous swimmer. He leaves a widow and a grown up family of eleven. Mr Peter Kemp, the celebrated oarsman, and Messrs W and T Kemp, are sons, as also Water Police Constable Kemp, of Newcastle. The en-gineer on the ill-fated tug, Mr V Laing, who acted heroically in the water, and was picked up by the Dawn, bearing the dead body of the captain in his arms, was a son-in-law of deceased. Mr Kemp was proceeding to Newcastle to spend Christmas with his daughter, Mrs Laing. Much sympathy was expressed in Windsor and along the river when intelligence of the sad occurrence arrived. The Kemp family are well-known throughout the
Hawkesbury District, where they are held in high esteem.

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2019 wrote:

Sydney Gazette, 27 Dec 1832.
New South Wales.  Return of all male convicts assigned and transferred between the 1st and 31st days of October, 1832, inclusively.
Kemp Peter, Planter, farmer’s boy, to A. Brooks, Lower Portland Head.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 21st March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1898 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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