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David More

David More, one of 280 convicts transported on the Oriental Queen, 23 October 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David More
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1829
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 3rd July, 1871
Age: 42 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Assault
Convicted at: Scotland Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Oriental Queen
Departure date: 23rd October, 1852
Arrival date*: 23rd June, 1853
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 556
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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Shirley Murdoch on 28th October, 2014 wrote:

Tried for the rape of Agnes Cooper, daughter of James Cooper & Lilias Pratt, in Dysart, Fife, Scotland. Convicted of aggravated assault.

D Wong on 4th November, 2014 wrote:

National Archives of Scotland:
David More, son of George More, Age: 18, weaver, Address: Residing with father, Gallaton, Dysort, Fife.

David More was 23 years old on arrival in VDL.  He was 5’7” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, single.  Stated at the sentencing that he was drunk at the time.

2/5/1854: TOL
8/7/1856: CP

11/7/1871 The mercury, Hobart:

CHARGES of MANSLAUGHTER.-An inquest was held at the Royal Exchange Hotel yesterday before the coroner, Mr. Tarleton, on the body of a man named David Moore, about 42 years old, who died at the hospital on the 3rd inst. Several witnesses were examined, their testimony showing that on the evening of the 27th May, deceased and four other splitters, all more or less intoxicated, left the Morning Star Inn at North West Bay to proceed to their huts at the Snug, a locality some five miles distant. They had proceeded a couple of miles, the party having slightly scattered along the road, when Mr. Michael Sullivan, who had fallen behind, heard the deceased call out. He ran along the road, and saw Kelly lying at the side of the road and Moore on the top of him.  Kelly would not apparently allow Moore to -get up. On being picked up Moore was found bleeding profusely from several wounds in the head.  Another of the party then came up,  and Moore was taken to an adjacent hut, where his wounds were attended to in a somewhat primitive manner, the hemorrhage being stopped by the application of ashes to the head, Moore was ultimately brought to the General Hospital, where he died on the 3rd inst.  The post mortem examination, made by Dr Bright, revealed the fact that death had resulted from an abscess, which had formed on the brain immediately under where the skull was fractured, the fracture being directly beneath a partially healed scar on the forehead.  The jury brought in a verdict of man-slaughter against the man Kelly, who was present in custodv during the enquiry.

After the court case the jury found John Darby Kelly, not guilty.

Convict Changes History

Shirley Murdoch on 28th October, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 4th November, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1829 (prev. 0000), date of death: 3rd July, 1871 (prev. 0000), occupation

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