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George Lacey

George Lacey, one of 188 convicts transported on the Recovery, 30 July 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Lacey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 17th December, 1827
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: Burglary
Convicted at: Bedford 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 189 (96)
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

D Wong on 20th November, 2017 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Papers:
LACEY, George. Per “Recovery”, 1819

1822 Aug 31:  Runaway from Baker’s Gang. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta (Fiche 3297; X643 p.24)

1822 Sep 25:  Attached to McAlroy’s contract road gang; to work in Gaol Gang for six months. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta (Fiche 3297; X643 p.27)

4/10/1822 Sydney Gazette:
George Lacey, per Recovery ; nat. of Bedford ; aged 23 ; 5 ft. 5 in. high ; blue eyes ; dark flaxen hair ; florid complexion ; from McElroy’s Road Party.

1823 Oct 31:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.84, 446-7)

1824 Mar 15:  Re punishment of as a runaway (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.516)

1824 Mar 20:  On list of persons proposed to be sent to Hobart (Reel 6012; 4/3510 p.550)

1824 Mar 20:  On list of convict runaways from Port Macquarie forwarded to Hobart per “Triton” (Reel 6019; 4/3522 p.33)

1824 Mar 23:  On list of runaways with punishments received (Reel 6061; 4/1778 p.247b)

1/4/1824: Arrived VDL.

24/7/1824 Hobart Town Gazette:
Executions. - Reported to have been hanged - George Lacey, for burglary and highway robbery - obviously he got a reprieve..

14/12/1827 The Tasmanian, Hobart:
George Lacey, Samuel Measures, John Ward, John Williams, John McBurie, John McMillan, William Jenkins, James Kirk and James Reid, were arraigned on an information charging them with the crime of murder, in having, on the 17th day of October last, at the Penal settlement of Macquarie Harbour, severally been actors, aiders and abettors, in causing the death of a man named George Recks, a constable at that place, by means of suffocation or drowning. (**This was George Rix who arrived VDL per ‘Malabar’ 1821)

17/12/1827: George Lacey was executed at Hobart Town for the murder of George Recks/Rix at Macaquarie Harbour.
George was buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th December, 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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