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Richard Masters

Richard Masters, one of 216 convicts transported on the Clyde, 20 August 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Masters
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 6th June, 1842
Age: 40 years

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 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Cambridge (Isle of Ely) Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Clyde
Departure date: 20th August, 1830
Arrival date: 18th December, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 215 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 467 (236). Tasmanian Convict Records - Conduct Record R MAsters
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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Robin Sharkey on 20th February, 2017 wrote:

Richard Masters convict per “Clyde” arriving Tasmania December 1830;  seven years’ transportation, tried at Ely in Cambridge (the Isle of Ely Assizes) on Tuesday 6th April 1830 (assizes commenced on 2n d April).

He was described in a local Cambridge newspaper as an “old offender” at the age of 26, originally from Sutton, and had been sentenced for stealing 18 deal planks the property of Mr Baxter, and sentenced to transportation for seven years. [ Deal is a type of wood].
[per Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 9 April 1830].

Appropriation Book, 1830 (image 157 of 162, Con 27-1-4)– Richard Masters per “Clyde”. Ploughman and shepherd. Age 25. (No statement as to his disposal).

Conduct Record:
[Previously convicted] Once for Disaxxxx? – twelve months
[Previously convicted] Vagrancy
Feb 21 1834 – [assigned to Griffiths] neglect of work and disobeying of orders. Reported
Feb 13 1839 – Misdemeanour – Petty Comm’r for trial (??)

Richard Masters took up with Mary Westaway, convict per “Edward” arrived Sept 1834.
Mary was assigned to the Longford area south of Launceston and had an illegitimate child in 1835 a year after her arrival, fathered by another convict on the large estate of Thomas Walker where they both worked. IN 1836 she was assigned out again and in early 1837 she was at the estate of one of the Archer Brothers, located in the Longford area south of Launceston.  This was when she became pregnant to Richard Masters.

When assigned to an Archer brother, all of whom had large estates, Mary became pregnant to Richard Masters.  So he may have also been working for one of the Archers on the same estate before he became free in April 1837.

* 1st August 1837, sought approval to marry convict, Mary ‘Westaway’ per “Edward” and Richard Masters per “Clyde”. Approval not given, so they could not legitimise their child.

* CHILD Mark Masters born 11 Sept 1837. Father Richard Masters recorded as FREE, shipwright. Mother Mary Westerway was in the Launceston Female Factory - had been returned from her employer, Mr Archer, on 31 July “unfit for service at present being far advanced in a state of pregnancy”.

* 3rd January 1838 Marriage approval granted “Approved if the clergyman be satisfied as to the woman being single.” Since Mary’s convict record stated that she was a married woman, probably had to say she was widowed. 

1841 – Mary became free.

1842 DEATH of RICHARD MASTERS aged 40 , 6th June 1842, a sawyer, of consumption. Death registered at Launceston. Informant - Launceston police)?) [Tasmanian Gov’t NAME_INDEXES:1144211
His wife married again, 28 January 1843 at Longford Church, as Mary “Westerway (not Mary Masters) “aged 33”, free, to Evan Richard DAVIS, aged 40, Free. Anglican ceremony.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 20th February, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 467 (236). Tasmanian Convict Records - Conduct Record R MAsters (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11

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