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Albert Mitchell, one of 154 convicts transported on the Stratheden, 31 July 1845
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||29th May, 1888
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 10 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 360
||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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Alan Wallace on 14th June, 2017 wrote:
baptised 22/07/1827.. baptism certificate
D Wong on 28th June, 2017 wrote:
Albert Mitchell was listed as 18 years old on arrival in VDL. He was born near Stourminster, Gloucestershire.
“I was caught in the house of Mr. Merryman near Marlborough”.
Albert was 5’4” tall, brown complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, face freckled, small mole on nose, could read and write, was single.
Occupations: Page for 6 years/imperfect carpenter/shoemaker/sawyer.
Mother: Mary Coombs
Brothers: Edward, Charles, Clement
Sisters: Mary, Jane, Anne, Elizabeth - all at native place. 1 Brother, John in America.
22/6/1851: Married Ann Costello, aged 22, at St Georges, Hobart. Albert was 24 and a shoemaker.
21/12/1852: Free Certificate.
Children all born in Victoria:
1857: Anna - died 30/3/1885 aged 27 (registered as Bladen, her married name) Sale.
1862: Albert Henry
1866: Edwin Albert (Helen Fraser Emond born 1861 Geelong, married 1889 Edwin Albert MITCHELL, died 1947 Sale.
1869: Mary - also died 1869
1870: Mary Anne
1888: Albert died in Victoria, probably the Gippsland area.
tonycocks1 on 29th June, 2017 wrote:
Convicted: Wiltshire (Warminster) Quarter Sessions
Sentence: Transportation 10 years
Classification: Success (absorbed into colonial society as a free citizen)
Albert Mitchell was born c1827 in Sturminster, Dorset, the son of James and Mary Mitchell and brother to Edward, John, Charles, Clement, Mary, Jane, Anne and Elizabeth.(i)
Little else is known of his early life history until he was summoned to appear at the Wiltshire (Warminster) Quarter Sessions on 28/06/1842 accused of “Housebreaking”, found guilty and sentenced to transportation for 10 years. Then aged 15 the Court recorded that apparently he had been employed as a Servant. He was initially received at the Fisherton Gaol as part of the interim standard holding arrangements, and then, on 25/04/1843, transferred to Parkhurst Prison. His Gaoler’s Report commented he had been “Not good since trial”, that he was single, but no indication whether or not he could read and write (His documentation in Van Diemen’s Land confirmed that he could both read and write and that on release from the prison his character and disposition were described as “Good”.(ii)). He was discharged from Parkhurst Prison on 25/07/1845 and sent to Millbank Prison, presumably categorised as “incorrigible”, that is, ineligible for transportation as an “Apprentice” to Western Australia, and therefore to be treated as a normal adult convict (This somewhat contradicts the character assessment referred to immediately above of “Good”).(iii)
He sailed from London aboard the “Stratheden” on 03/08/1845 disembarking at Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land, on 25/12/1845.(iv) The Surgeon during the voyage, Henry Baker, reported in Albert Mitchell’s Conduct Record that his behaviour was “Good”.(v) The document confirms that his immediate status was as a Probation Pass Holder 2nd Class and then continues describing his subsequent behaviour under colonial servitude:
10/01/1846: New Town Depot.
26/05/1846: Probation Pass Holder 3rd Class.
01/12/1846: Ticket of Leave.
01/05/1849: Recommended for a Conditional Pardon.
30/07/1850: Conditional Pardon approved.
His status of having a Conditional Pardon was re-inforced by an
announcement that appeared in The Courier published in Hobart
on Saturday 28/02/1852:
CONVICT DEPARTMENT - Enquiries having been made from
England respecting the under-mentioned individuals. It is
requested that any person who may be able to give information as
to the present condition or residence of any of them will
communicate the same to the Comptroller-General of Convicts:-
Albert Mitchell by the Stratheden, who obtained a
Conditional Pardon at Hobart Town in July 1850.(vi)
21/12/1852: Certificate of Freedom.
Eighteen months before his Certificate of Freedom was officially granted, although legally he became an “expiree” on 28/06/1852, he married 22 year old Ann Costello on 22/06/1851, with the marriage being registered in Hobart.(vii) It seems that the couple then moved to Victoria, as all 4 of their children were born in Sale, on the South East coast:
1. Anna born 1857;
2. Henrietta born 1859;
3. Albert Henry born 1862;
4. Edwin Albert born 1866;
5. Mary born and died 1869: and
6. Mary Anne born 1870.
Albert died in 1888 in St. Kilda, although some sources state South Melbourne, and Ann was to outlive him by 21 years.(viii)
Comment: There are no recorded instances of re-offending and assume that
Albert Mitchell was successfully absorbed into colonial society as
a free citizen.
(i): Indent, Archives Office of Tasmania, CON14-1-33, Image Nos.44, 45,
(ii): Conduct Record, Archives Office of Tasmania, CON33-1-73, Image No.54,
(iii): Parkhurst Prison Register, The National Archives, HO24/15, p.24.
(iv): QSearch – Tasmanian Convict Records [CD-ROM]
NB: The website Convicts to Australia details the voyage
of the Convict Ship “Stratheden” at the following link:
(v): AOT, CON33-1-73.
(vi): The Courier (Hobart, Tas.: 1840-1859), National Library of Australia,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2959414 (On-line 14/07/2009).
(vii): Digger – Tasmanian Pioneer Index 1803-1899, [CD-ROM]. See also Colonial
Tasmanian Family Links Detail, http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au (On-line
(viii): Digger – Victoria Pioneer Index 1836-1888, [CD-ROM]: See also the website
Family Trees http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/3391609/person/-1732518477?ssrc
Alan Wallace on 27th October, 2018 wrote:
Albert is buried in St Kilday Cemetery and according to records .. ‘the late Albert Mitchell was buried in a public unmarked grave(paupers grave)so therefore there is no marking on this grave’.
Convict Changes History
Alan Wallace on 14th June, 2017 made the following changes:
date of death: 29th May, 1888 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime
D Wong on 28th June, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1827 (prev. 0000)