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Robert Martinson

Robert Martinson, one of 262 convicts transported on the Clara, 19 March 1857

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Martinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Junior bank cashier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Northumberland. Assizes Newcastle-on-Tyne
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Clara
Departure date: 19th March, 1857
Arrival date: 3rd July, 1857
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 218
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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David walton on 3rd November, 2011 wrote:

Robert stood trial on December 3 1855 in Newcastle charged with steling £ 4,264 from his employes the Northumberland & Durham Bank, he was arrested on a steamer on route   to America, he had a wife and four sons his wife gave birth to another in 1856 but he only suvived months.

Robert was in Frematle in 1859 he was granted a ticket of leave, in 1861 he was given a conditional pardon, he was last herd of as treasuer for the Fremantle Mechinics Institute in 1866.

His family left Newcastle in 1857 and settled in london, there history can be found at ancestry.com family trees
Robert martinson was an Uncle of my Great-grandmother.
David Walton

D Wong on 16th May, 2014 wrote:

Robert was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Thompson.

1848: married Ellen Brown (1828-1878)

Robert was 5’8¼” tall, brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, middling stout.

Robert played cricket:
Robert Martinson

Note that the only matches included in this list are those for which CricketArchive has a scorecard on its database
20th September 1847 All England Eleven matches 1847
  Northumberland Club v All England Eleven
Bath Road Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne
19th May 1851 All England Eleven matches 1851
  Northumberland Club v All England Eleven
Bath Road Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne
13th September 1852 All England Eleven matches 1852
  Northumberland Club v All England Eleven
Bath Road Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne
6th July 1855 Grange in England 1855
  Northumberland Club v Grange
Bath Road Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne
26th July 1855 Northumberland in Scotland 1855
  Grange v Northumberland Club
Sparks’ Ground, Grove Park, Edinburgh
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Full name: Robert Martinson
Born: 1823, Jarrow, Co Durham, England
Clubs: Eldon (Newcastle) 1840; Northumberland Club 1843-55; Tynemouth 1847-55; Percy (Newcastle) 1854
Biography: In 1855 absconded with £4,264 from his place of work, The District Bank, Newcastle, and was caught on 17th November at Southampton. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years transportation to Western Australia where he was sent to Freemantle Prison.
Teams: Northumberland Club (Miscellaneous: 1847-1855)
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics
This page was created by the CricketArchive Oracles.

Robert was working with George Pearse as an Auditor until 1866ish but then I could find nothing on him.  Checked the BDM, Trove etc.

D Wong on 10th April, 2015 wrote:

The last mention of Robert:
13/10/1865 The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times:

MR. J. J. HARWOOD begs to inform the Public that Mr. Robert Martinson is no longer a partner of the firmf Harwood & Martinson, Auction and commission Agents, Henry Street, Fremantle;  the partnership having been dissolved since 18th of June, 1865.  Mr.J. J. Harwood in thanking the public for their past favours and patronage, begs to state that the Auction and Commission business will be carried on in future under the firm of J. J. Harwood & Co., by whom all orders will be promptly attended.
J. J. HARWOOD & Co. Auction & Commission Agents,
Henry Street, Fremantle.

Nothing further found anywhere.

Convict Changes History

David walton on 3rd November, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1823-00-00, gender m

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