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Henry Mead

Henry Mead, one of 240 convicts transported on the Portsea, 24 July 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Mead
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: 2nd March, 1892
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Desertion from army
Convicted at: Lower Canada Court Martial
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Portsea
Departure date: 24th July, 1838
Arrival date: 18th December, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 239 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 306
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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Phil Hands on 16th October, 2017 wrote:

Henry was a soldier in the ‘32nd Regiment at Foot, Regiment serving in Canada and was tried and convicted of Desertion at the Lower Canada Court Martial in Montreal on 20th September 1837, he was sentenced to be transported for life.
Left England on 31st July 1838.
Ship:- the ‘Portsea’ sailed with 240 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th December 1839.

Henry seems to have been in a fairly long term relationship with Mary Craft (nee Purvey) from before 1849 and lasted at the earliest to after 1860, as their youngest child was born in 1860, and possibly much longer. There is no marriage record but they had 5 children between 1849-1860. Their children were Sarah, Harriet, Mary, Henry and Edward.

Henry died on 2 March 1892 at Gosford, New South Wales, Australia and was buried at the St John’s Anglican Cemetery, Lisarow, New South Wales age 81.

Mary died in 1895 at Ourimbah in the Hunter district of New South Wales age 77.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 16th October, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), date of death: 2nd March, 1892 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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