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Mercer Ludgater

Mercer Ludgater, one of 150 convicts transported on the Shipley, 18 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mercer Ludgater
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Horse theft
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 18th July, 1818
Arrival date: 18th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 45 (24)
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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D Wong on 28th September, 2020 wrote:

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal Kent, England
31 Mar 1818:
Mercer Ludgater, for having broken open a warehouse, in Maidstone, and stole a horse, value £30. the property of J. Arckoll—-Death—-Rep.

Mercer Ludgater was listed as 27 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Maidstone.

Mercer was 5’5” tall, dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes.

17/67/1819: Sydney - absconded from the prisoner’s barracks.

7/8/1819: Sentenced to transportation to Newcastle for attempting to escape the Colony in the Hibernia.

Colonial Secretary Index:
LUDGATE, Mercer. Per “Shipley”, 1818

1819 Aug 14:  On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.209)

1820 Oct 6:  Granted leave to return to Sydney from Newcastle (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.315)

1820:  Prisoner at Newcastle. Petition to be returned to Sydney (Fiche 3203; 4/1861 p.37)

1821:  On list of convicts employed by William Cox (Reel 6052; 4/1751 pp.257-8)
24/3/1825: COF- Aged 33, lame of left leg, has an impediment in his speech - sent to Newcastle 3/7/1819 for one year as a runaway.

7/5/1829 Sydney Gazette:
Yesterday sailed, for London direct, the ship Lang, Captain Lusk.  Lading, Colonial produce. Passengers, Mrs. Lusk, two children, and servant ; Mr. George Smith, Mr. W. Docker, Mr. Thomas Havenden, Mr. Mercer Ludgatger, and Mrs. E. Stewart.

Mercer Ludgater sailed for London in May 1829, and returned the following May, per ‘Arab’ with his wife, Medea Pinhorn - they had married 26/12/1815 at Woolwich, Kent, and his daughter, Sarah. (Sarah died in Hobart 24/3/1838).
6/6/1831: Anne Matilda Sudgater, born to Mercer Sudgater and Mary Sudgater - Mercer listed as a Licensed victualler, Hobart
6/3/1833: William George Ludgater born to Mercer and Media, Hobart Town - Mercer listed as a Licensed victualler.—died 1901 South Melbourne, Victoria.
(Medea Ludgater died in South Melbourne in 1867, aged 73).

1/10/1830 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Public House Licenses.
Town Licenses.
Mercer Ludgater, White Hart, New Town Road.

8/10/1831 Hobart Town Courier:
All persons are hereby cautioned against depasturing cattle, sheep, or other stock, or cutting down timber, or in any other manner trespassing on the property here under described.
Parties so offending will be prosecuted, as I have given Mr. Christopher Bonney full power to act for me in my absence:-
1280 acres of land, Staffs parish, adjoining and to the east of Mr. Gunning’s grant, extending northerly to a 40 acre grant to Dogherty.
October 6, 1831.

13/5/1834 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Mercer Ludgater charged with keeping open his licensed public-house, in Goulburn-street, on the Lords’s day.  Case dismissed.

2/9/1834: Colonial Times, Hobart:
Mercer Ludgater, Maid of the Mill, Goulburn-street, for keeping his house open at improper hours.

Mercer Ludgater was living in South Melbourne, Victoria—have found his wife and son’s deaths listed on the VIC BDM but have not found Mercer’s death date.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 28th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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