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George Kett

George Kett, one of 300 convicts transported on the Marion, 22 November 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Kett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 1856
Age: 33 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Robbery with violence
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Marion
Departure date: 22nd November, 1843
Arrival date: 3rd April, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 501 (232)
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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Maureen Withey on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-53$init=CON33-1-53p174
12550. George Kett.  Tried at Suffolk Ass. 5 Aug 1843, transported for15 years, for Robbery violence. Gaol report- very bad character. I was also detained for house breaking. Single, Hulk report - good. Stated this offence, Robbery with violence, Mr Soloman Hicks near Sutton in Lincolnshire.  Age 21, protestant, can read. Trade – shepherd. Native of Norfolk.
Lots of offences and punishments listed on record.
Died at Port Arthur, 23 Mar (possibly May?) 1856,

Maureen Withey on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

REMOVAL OF CONVICTS.- On Wednesday last, the following seven convicts were removed from Bury Goal to the Millbank Prison, by order of the Secretary of State, viz.: Robert Fisher and George Kett, to be transported for 15 years; Henry Horrex and William Grimwade. for 12 years; and Benj. Briggs, John Stedman, and Charlotte Blunston, for 10 years,
Ipswich Journal, 16 Sept 1843.

Maureen Withey on 25th May, 2020 wrote:

Sheep and Cattle Stealing.
George Kitts, convicted of sheep stealing, and Henry Roberts, convicted of cattle stealing, were placed at the bar.
The Chairman, with respect to the first prisoner, said, that a few years ago his offence would have been punished with loss of life.  It was a case of wholesale robbery. He (the learned Chairman) had had frequent occasion to pass sentence of transportation for life upon a prisoner for stealing a solitary sheep,  but here was a wholesale robbery, no less than 180 sheep, and giving one or two in upon nearly every transaction; he had never heard of such a thing when sheep were sold honestly.  He had never heard of such a kind of liberality before.  As to the purchasers, they had acted very indiscreetly in not having enquired where he got the sheep from.  As to the other prisoner, the charge of cattle stealing had been clearly established.  The sentence of’ the Court was that they be severally kept in penal servitude for 10 years.
Tasmanian Daily News, 4 Dec 1855.

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 26th June, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1823, date of death 1856, gender, occupation, crime

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