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Henry Marsden

Henry Marsden, one of 300 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 27 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Marsden
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1777
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 14th March, 1832
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Possession of forged bank note
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 27th October, 1819
Arrival date: 5th April, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 250
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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Peter Morris on 2nd March, 2012 wrote:


Henry Marsden was a cotton weaver in Lancashire and on 23rd of August 1802 he married Sarah Brimley at Leyland, some twenty miles N.W. of Manchester.  They had five children up unto 1814, the first three being christened at Eccleston-by-Chorley and the latter two at nearby Euxton.  On September 1, 1819, Henry appeared before the Lancaster Assizes at Liverpool ‘charged with being in possession of a forged bank note.’  The court records show that:
Henry Marsden late of Ashton-under-Lyne [six miles east of Manchester] in the County of Lancaster Labourer heretofore to wit on the Twenty-sixth day of July in the Fifty-ninth year [1818?] of … Geo Third with Force and arms at Ashton-under-Lyne in the county of Lancaster feloniously, knowingly and wittingly and without lawful excuse had in his possession and custody a certain forged and counterfeited Bank Note , the tenor of which said forged and counterfeited Bank Note is as followeth that to say
One pound No. 25731 Bank of England 1819.  To be transported to some Parts beyond the seas for the term of 14 years. 

It is interesting to ponder as to the likelihood of Henry being caught up in the infamous ‘Peterloo massacre’, only two weeks before he was brought before the court.  On August 10, 1819 the worker’s radical reform movement exploded at St. Peter‘s Field (Peterloo) in Manchester.  The authorities had been previously informed and had troops readily to hand and of the 60,000 demonstrators eleven were killed and some 600 wounded.  It is, perhaps, surprising that a mass revolution did not follow but, again, the lack of any effective overall coordination of the radical movement is apparent.  Notwithstanding, Peterloo achieved what no other event to that date had for popular politics; it focused attention on the causes and there was country wide notoriety with a ‘wave of revolution’ among Whigs and middle classes as well as the working-class reformers.  Henry Marsden was certainly in the right place at the right time!
Henry sailed aboard the Coromandel and after an uneventful voyage arrived at Port Jackson on April 4, 1820.  The indents describe him as ‘a Cotton Weaver from Lancashire, aged 39, five foot seven and a half inches tall, fair ruddy complexion with light brown hair and blue eyes.’  Left behind in England was Sarah and their five children; William, Margaret, John, Ann and Jane.  After their reuniting in colonial New South Wales, Henry and Sarah had two more children, one christened John.  This indicates that the first-born John died before 1823 and possibly before Sarah left England in early 1820. 
Henry and Sarah were allowed to resume married life quite soon after they both arrived in the colony and Henry is listed in the 1822 Muster as holding a ‘ticket of leave’ and residing at Lower Portland Head on a leased farm and having ten cleared acres of which five were sewn [sic] with wheat.  Also he possessed two cattle and thirty pigs.  Their eldest son, William, returned to England, via New Zealand,at some time around 1825 and family legend has it that he was a jockey and was killed in a horse race.  Certainly William was still alive in 1841, which would have made him rather old to be still professionally horse riding.
Well before they had completed their sentences (in 1828) they were again listed as living on twelve acres of land at Lower Portland Head.  Living with them were their youngest sons, George and John, William had, by this stage, returned to England and the girls had married and moved away.  An entry in the register of St. John’s, Wilberforce indicates that Henry died on March 14, 1842 and that he arrived in the colony on the Coromandel and was resident in Hunter’s Reach and aged 52.  This entry is incorrect and should read 1832.

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2016 wrote:

It is interesting to Note that Sarah Bromley, Henry’s wife was also transported (Morley, 1820) for the crime of possession of a forged banknote. Was this the same crime? Were they tried separately?

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2016 wrote:

1825 muster (1823-1825)
Text: Marsden, Sarah, ticket of leave, Morley, 1820, 14 years, wife of Henry Marsden, Wilberforce.
Marsden, Margaret, came free, child of above
Marsden, Ann, came free, child of above.
Marsden, Elizabeth, bc, 1820, child of above.
Marsden, John, bc, 1821, child of above.

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 261…
[Ref M1773] Marsden, Henry, 51, ticket of leave, Coromandel, 1820, 14 years, Protestant, farmer, Lower Portland Head. 12 acres all cleared and cultivated, 2 cattle.
[Ref M1774] Marsden, Sarah, 48, government servant, Morley 1820, 14 years, Protestant.
[Ref M1775] Marsden, George, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref M1776] Marsden, John, 5, born in the colony.
## I am unable to locate daughter Ann in the census but she had married Joseph Gosport and went on to have 11 children and live to 1870.
Joseph was the son of Thomas Gosport (Convict, Surprize, 1790) and Mary Hipwell (Convict, Mary Ann, 1791).

Convict Changes History

Peter Morris on 2nd March, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Denis Pember on 13th April, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th March, 1832 (prev. 0000)

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