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Henry Mead, one of 240 convicts transported on the Portsea, 24 July 1838
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||2nd March, 1892
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 306
||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