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Martha Luke

Martha Luke, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Luke
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1st June, 1775
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 19th May, 1815
Age: 39 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 377 (188)
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

Robert Luke on 19th December, 2013 wrote:

Martha arrived per Alexander the reference to the prison hulk - Fortune - refers to her being held on board prior to her transportation on the Alexander.

Denis Pember on 25th January, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings: September 1805, trial of MARTHA LUKE (t18050918-103).
MARTHA LUKE, Theft > grand larceny, 18th September 1805.
MARTHA LUKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of August, a hat, value 2 s. a frock, value 2 s. and a petticoat, value 1 s. the property of William Watts.
GUILTY , aged 30.
Transported for seven years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Sutton.

Denis Pember on 25th January, 2016 wrote:

Martha appears to have had a de facto relationship with James Ridley (Convict, Barwell, 1798) starting around 1804.
The Old Bailey transcript mentions that she was married but separated and with two childen, one of whom had died.
Martha and James had three children, Sarah Luke 1808, John Luke 1810 and James Luke 1813.
Martha died in 1815.

Denis Pember on 25th January, 2016 wrote:

Martha can be located in the 1811 and 1814 Muster records as Edited by Carol Baxter.

[Ref 3669] Luke, Martha, Alexander, tried September 1805, Old Bailey, 7 years (PRO n0155).

[Ref 3017] Martha Luke, Alexander, Off Stores. 3 children Off Stores. Lives with James Ridley.

Convict Changes History

Robert Luke on 19th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1st June, 1775, date of death 19th May, 1815, crime

Denis Pember on 25th January, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

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