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Charles Kerslake

Charles Kerslake, one of 400 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 07 November 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Kerslake
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 11th April, 1819
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 25th May, 1900
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 7th November, 1837
Arrival date: 1st April, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts

References

Primary source: Trial: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-2095-18370918&div=t18370918-2095#highlight Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 194
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

Lorraine Mace on 30th May, 2013 wrote:

Later Married fellow convict Sarah Jane BROWN, transported on Majestic to VDL

Tracy Williams on 30th July, 2013 wrote:

1844 Married in Hobart to Sarah Brown tried at Warwick Assizes 22nd March 1838. Transported for 14
years “Majestic” 03 Oct 1838 - 22 Jan 1839

D Wong on 26th May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
CHARLES KERSLAKE.
Theft: pocketpicking.
18th September 1837
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

CHARLES KERSLAKE was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of August, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of James Dobson, from his person.

JAMES DOBSON. I am a carpet-manufacturer, and live in Southampton buildings, Holborn. On the 21st of August, I was in Broad-street, St. Giles’. I felt a motion at my coat, turned round, and saw a very suspicious looking person walking into a shop, which has two doors to it—I missed my handkerchief—he went in at one door and came out at the other—I followed him, and saw him turning the corner with the handkerchief in his hand against the wall, and he dropped it a little further on in an oil-shop at the other corner—it was the prisoner—I never lost sight of him—I collared him.

DANIEL WATKINS. I am a brass finisher, and live in Upper Rathbone place. I heard an alarm of “Stop thief”—the prisoner was running in Middle-row—he turned the corner, and just at the oil-shop door dropped the handkerchief and ran three or four yards further, when the prosecutor collared him.

ALLAN PHILLIPS (police-constable F 48.) I was on duty—I received charge of the prisoner, and Mr. Dobson gave me the handkerchief. (Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY .* Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.

Charles Kerslake was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

Charles was 5’4” tall, ruddy complexion, black hair and whiskers, brown eyes, Anchor E K Hyder J heart & L left arm Moon 7 Stars Heart & dart C S L H Rt arm, single.

Convict Changes History

Lorraine Mace on 30th May, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 25th May, 1900, occupation, crime

Tracy Williams on 30th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 11th April, 1819, crime

Tracy Williams on 21st September, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 194 http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-2095-18370918&div=t18370918-2095#highlight (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm R

Tracy Williams on 21st September, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Trial: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-2095-18370918&div=t18370918-2095#highlight Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 194 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Mic

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