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Robert Melville

Robert Melvill, one of 401 convicts transported on the Glatton, September 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Melville
Aliases: Robert Melvill
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Constable
Date of Death: 16th May, 1853
Age: 82 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: Robbery
Convicted at: Scotland, Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Glatton
Departure date: September, 1802
Arrival date: 11th March, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 401 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying PRecorroject. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 332. State Archives NSW, TOL (NRS 1166) and Convict Indents (NRS 12188; item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 631) and Settler & Convict Lists, 1817 (HO10/8) and Absolute Pardon 1812 (Reel No.800; Roll No.1250) and Conditional Pardon (Reel No.601; Roll No.1250)
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

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

Robert was already married to Elizabeth Craig in Scotland. Elizabeth also came aboard the Glatton when Robert was transported. In the colony, they had 5 children.

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

In the 1822 Census, it is apparent that the eldest daughter, Isabella also came aboard the Glatton with her mother and Father.
Melville, Isabella, came free, Glatton, wife of J. Grice, Sydney.
Melville, Robert, absolute pardon, Glatton, householder, Sydney.
Melville, Elizabeth, came free, Glatton, wife of above.
Melville, Robert, 18, born in the colony, child of above.
Melville, Andrew, 13, born in the colony, child of above.
Melville, George, 8, born in the colony, child of above.

In the 1825 census;
Melville, Isabella, Glatton, 1803, employed by Capt. Wm Thomas Piper.
Melvilles, Robert, absolute pardon, Glatton, 1803, life, landholder, Sydney.
Melvilles, Robert, born in the colony, son of above.
Melville, Elizabeth, came free, Glatton, 1803, wife of above.
Melville, Andrew, 16, born in the colony, child of above.
Melville, George, 10, born in the colony, child or above.

Denis Pember on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Ref [M2241] Melville, 57, absolute pardon, Glatton, 1803, landholder, Pitt Water.
[M2242] Melville, Elizabeth, 58, came free, Glatton, 1803
[M2243] Melville, Andrew, 18, born in the colony.
[M2244] Melville, George, 14, born in the colony.
[M2245] Melville, Robert, 23, born in the colony, constable, George Street Sydney.

Rosalie Bock on 2nd April, 2018 wrote:

Robert Melville and wife Elizabeth Craig had another daughter born in colony.
Charlotte Melville, born 1803 at Kissing Point NSW married at 17 in 1820 to (hence not on muster with her parents) to William Small (farming family in Ryde)

Isabella was married
1. to military man John Miller (2 issue)
2. cohabitated with convict James Grice (no issue)
3. to convict William Thomas (4 issue)

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2018 wrote:

Tried: 20 April 1801
Ticket of Leave No.66, dated 3rd August 1810
Pardon No.145 (possibly in or before November 1822)

Trove: The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 17 May 1853, Page 2, Family Notices, Died - “On the 16th May, at his son’s residence, Union-place, Mr. Robert Melville, at the advanced age of 83 years. The deceased was an old and respected colonist, having been in the colony upwards of 50 years, and was a native of Scotland.”
Funeral - “The friends of the late Mr. Robert Melville are respectfully requested to attend his funeral on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock. The procession will move from his son’s residence, Union-place, at the above hour precisely. CHARLES KINSELA, Undertaker, Goulburn-street. 6922”
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12945872?searchTerm=robert melvill&searchLimits=l-decade=185|||l-state=New+South+Wales|||l-title=35|||l-year=1853

Iris Dunne on 3rd April, 2018 wrote:

NSW, Settler and Convict Lists, 1817:- Life Pardoned, Labourer

Pardon Date: 29 Feb 1812, Vessel Name: HMS Glatton, Record Type: Absolute

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 6th January, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Robert Melville, date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th May, 1853 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Rosalie Bock on 2nd April, 2018 made the following changes:

occupation

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying PRecorroject. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 332. State Archives NSW, TOL (NRS 1166) and Convict Indents (NRS 12188; item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 631) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project.

Iris Dunne on 3rd April, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying PRecorroject. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 332. State Archives NSW, TOL (NRS 1166) and Convict Indents (NRS 12188; item: [4/4004]; Microfiche: 631) and Settler & Convict Lists, 1817 (HO10/8

Judith Wiseman on 17th August, 2019 made the following changes:

crime

Judith Wiseman on 18th August, 2019 made the following changes:

surname: Melville (prev. Melvill), crime

Iris Dunne on 18th August, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Robert Melvill (prev. Robert Melville)

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