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Jeremiah Melbourn

Jeremiah Melbourn, one of 150 convicts transported on the Frances Charlotte, 27 December 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jeremiah Melbourn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th October, 1822
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 13th September, 1913
Age: 90 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: -
Convicted at: Cambridge Borough Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Frances Charlotte
Departure date: 27th December, 1836
Arrival date: 15th May, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 433 (219)
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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Community Contributions

Craig Stevene on 3rd March, 2017 wrote:

On 23/06/1843 aged 21 Jememiah was pardoned.He moved to Melbourne at the aged of 26 he married Alicia Burke.Jeremiah was at Hobart Penal Prison at the same time as Ned Kelly’s father John (Red) Kelly,also Alicia Burke arrived in Melbourne under the care of John & Bridgett Kelly,(John Red Kelly’s cousin).

D Wong on 3rd March, 2017 wrote:

1/7/1836 Cambridge Chronicle and Journal Cambridgeshire, England:
William Johnson (13), Jeremiah Melbourne (12) were charged with stealing some biscuits, the property of John List.

10/9/1836 Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette Cambridgeshire, England:
Town and County News
The Magistrates held Petty Sessions on Tuesday, at the Town hall, when Samuel Watson and Jeremiah Melbourn, two lads, were charged with stealing 3 pairs of linen Trowsers, value one sovereign, on Wednesday the 31st August.

Jeremiah was listed as 16 years old on arrival in VDL. He was born in Cambridge, the son of William Melbourne and Mary.

Jeremiah was 4’ 10 1/2” tall, fresh complexion, light hair, grey eyes, J.M.H Crucifix T. 7.7 1836 rose right arm, ring middle finger right hand, Crown J. on left arm 2 Scars on forehead.

20/6/1837: Striking his fellow Boy in school - 48 hours Solitary Confinement on bread and water - listed as at Port Arthur so presumably at the Point Puer school.

11/8/1840 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Jeremiah Melbourne, assigned to Mr. Barclay, charged with being drunk in the streets-twenty five lashes.

1842: TOL
23/6/1843: CP
1843: Free Certificate.

24/9/1848: Married Alicia Burke at St Francis Church Melbourne.
Denney Melbourne, b. 28 Feb 1856, Chapel Hill, Fryers Creek, Vic. d. 13 Mar 1938, North Fitzroy.
Alice Melbourne, b. Abt. 05 Sep 1849, d. Aft. 1913.
Jeremiah Melbourne, b. Abt. 05 Sep 1851, d. Aft. 1913.
John Melbourne, d. Bef. 1856.
John Melbourne, b. Abt. 06 Apr 1859, d. Aft. 1913.
Thomas Melbourne, d. Bet. 1860 - 1871.

March 1868: Working as a pedlar at Woodstock, Victoria. (Yan Yean/Whittlesea area).

Jeremiah was at one time one of the stonemasons who built the Princess Bridge in Melbourne.

3/10/1868 The Australasian, Melbourne:
Marriages - SAUNDERS-MELBOURN. -On the 24th ult, at Pentridge, by the Rev. W. Carter, the youngest son of the late Mr. John Saunders, Custom-house, London, to the eldest daughter of Mr. Jeremiah Melbourn, of Melbourne, Victoria.

Melbourne — M’Leod.— On the 24th September, John, youngest son of Jeremiah Melbourne, late of Preston, to Annie, youngest daughter of John M’Leod, Avenel.
Home and colonial papers please copy.

25/9/1899 The Age, Melbourne:
MELBOURNE-BURKE.— On the 24th September, 1848, at St. Francis’s Church, Melbourne by the Rev Father Coffee, Jeremiah Melbourne, of Cambridge, England, to Alicia Burke, of Newry Ireland. Both colonists of 56 years. Anniversary of golden wedding.
Present address, Monea, North-East line. (About 6kms south of Avenel in Victoria).

16/9/1913: Jeremiah died in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria.
Wife Alicia died 9/10/1903 and was buried at Avenel.

Convict Changes History

Craig Stevene on 3rd March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th October, 1822 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th September, 1913 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 3rd March, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Melbourne, date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th September, 1913 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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