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Robert Looker

Robert Looker, one of 220 convicts transported on the George the Third, 12 December 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Looker
Aliases: Luker
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th March, 1835
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Berks. Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: George the Third
Departure date: 12th December, 1834
Arrival date: 12th March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 487 (245). Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au (shipwreck of George 111 1835)
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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 22nd January, 2014 wrote:

Robert Looker/Luker was a convict aboard the ill-fated George 111, departing Woolwich 14/12/1834 for Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Near the equator, on 27/01/1835 a fire broke out onboard and destroyed some of their essential food stores. Scurvy broke out and 14 convicts died. Capt. Wm Hall-Moxey decided to reach the mainland of Tasmania via the D’entrecasteaux Channel and ran aground on an uncharted rock. As the ship broke up, women, children & crew were offloaded first. The guards were ordered to keep the convicts below deck and fired shots in an attempt to quell the panic. 133 lives were lost, 128 of them convicts. Robert Looker is reported to have one of those shot in an attempt to escape and save himself.

greg petersen on 31st January, 2017 wrote:

extract from Hobart Mercury: testimonies of prisoners and guards-Robert Hart, a prisoner. I saw the soldiers level their muskets against the prisoners, and one shot was fired, I saw one man, Robert Luker, fall. I am persuaded from the effects of the shot. I did not see him afterwards. I heard a second shot fired about 10 minutes afterwards, but I did not see it take effect. At the time the shot was fired I stood about two yards behind the soldiers. I was about 8 or 9 feet from Luker when I saw him fall.
-James McKay, a prisoner. When we were trying to get out 2 or 3 shots were fired, a man fell about two feet from me that was shot. To the best of my knowledge it was Wm. Yates who fell. I also saw another man fall, but I do not know his name. James Elliot was standing beside me at the time. I heard Corporal Deverell call for more assistance. There was about 5 minutes between the time the first man fell and the second. There were a great many men in the hatchway and on the ladder at the time. I succeeded in getting on deck.
-James Elliott, a prisoner. I was in the hatchway several minutes before I could get up. The soldiers kept me down and threatened to fire; I heard two shots fired: the first shot killed Robert Luker, and about 3 or 4 minutes after another shot was fired, and I saw another man fall. When I was knocked down from the hatchway I fell upon the body of R. Luker. I am quite sure that two prisoners were shot in the hatchway.
-Henry Matson, 1st officer. If the prisoners had not been kept below, and the launch had not been kept clear by the exertions of the military and a portion of the convicts then on deck, the boat must have been swamped and all hands have perished. Had the accident happened in the daytime, when the greater part of the prisoners are usually on deck, the mortality must have been much greater. This was my opinion at the time when I expected the ship to go to pieces. I heard some shots fired, and that a a man had been killed, but I do not know by whom.
-John Charles M. Poore, 2d officer.- I was part owner of the George III. I am satisfied that every thing was done to ascertain the position of the ship and that she was not lost by any inattention or ignorance on the part of the master. I heard shots fired and was afterwards told that a prisoner had been shot. I am of opinion that the measure of keeping the convicts below was absolutely necessary for the safety of all on board.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 22nd January, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 487 (245). Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au (shipwreck of George 111 1835) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Pr

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