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Henry Kerr, one of 179 convicts transported on the Agamemnon, 22 April 1820
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 55 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 303 (153). Caledonian Mercury 1820
||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:
Henry was tried and convicted at the Edinburgh Court of Justiciary on 4th January 1820 for house breaking and theft, sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England 3rd May 1820.
Ship:- the ‘Agamemnon’ sailed with 179 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 22nd september 1820.
Caledonian Mercury Thursday 6th January 1820 p. 3.
Tuesday came on the trial of Henry Kerr and Alexander Fraser, charged with six separate acts of house-breaking and theft. The prisoners pleaded Guilty to three of the charges. The Lord Advocate departed from the other charges, and restricted the libel to an arbitrary punishment. The Court considered they would not be doing their duty if they did not visit these crimes, recently of so frequent occurrence, with the highest arbitrary punishment; they therefore sentenced the prisoners to transportation beyond the seas for life.
Henry married Frances Sweetman (daughter of free settlers Edward Sweetman & his wifw Sarah) in Orange, Central Tablelands, they had 5 children between 1840-1851
Convict Changes History
Phil Hands on 21st March, 2017 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 303 (153). Caledonian Mercury 1820 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 303 (153)), a