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Richard Mortimer

Richard Mortimer, one of 300 convicts transported on the Equestrian, 30 June 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Mortimer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1824
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1863
Age: 39 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: Theft of boots
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Equestrian
Departure date: 30th June, 1845
Arrival date: 15th October, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 317 (160)
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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Lois on 7th April, 2019 wrote:

Richard John Mortimer, shipwreck ID 7020, Vessel name Creole Sailing vessel Brigantine, year 1863 Tasmania north east coast, 29th August, 1863, Australian National Shipwreck Database. All crew drowned Richard Mortimer was a crewman, who drowned. Mr Mortimer was my great great grandfather.

Lois on 7th April, 2019 wrote:

Richard John Mortimer, shipwreck ID 7020, Vessel name Creole Sailing vessel Brigantine, year 1863 Tasmania north east coast, 29th August, 1863, Australian National Shipwreck Database. All crew drowned Richard Mortimer was a crewman, who drowned. Mr Mortimer was my great great grandfather.

Lois on 7th April, 2019 wrote:

Richard John Mortimer, shipwreck ID 7020, Vessel name Creole Sailing vessel Brigantine, year 1863 Tasmania north east coast, 29th August, 1863, Australian National Shipwreck Database. All crew drowned Richard Mortimer was a crewman, who drowned. Mr Mortimer was my great great grandfather.

D Wong on 7th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
RICHARD MORTIMER, GEORGE MORTIMER.
Violent Theft: robbery.
12th May 1845
Verdict Guilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation; Imprisonment

RICHARD MORTIMER and GEORGE MORTIMER were indicted for a robbery on George Wright, on the 7th of May, putting him in fear, and stealing from his person, and against his will, 1 pair of boots, value 12s., the goods of John Collins; and that Richard Mortimer bad been before convicted of felony; to which
RICHARD MORTIMER pleaded GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.

GEORGE WRIGHT. I live in Boulevard-court, Strand, and am in the employ of Mr. John Collins. On the 7th of May, about nine o’clock at night, I was near Hyde Park, in Knightsbridge. I had a pair of boots of my master’s—I was asking a respectable young woman my way to Chelsea—the prisoners came up to me, and said they would show me—they walked me about for two hours, till they got to the Willow-walk, and then George Mortimer held me while Richard took the boots from me, and ran away—I then asked George Mortimer to show me the way home, and we had only just turned out of the fields when we met a policeman, and I gave him in charge—I did not know either of the prisoners before—I am ten years old—these are the boots.

JOHN FRYER (police-constable P 31.) Wright gave me George Mortimer in charge—he said, George did not take die boots from him, but one that was with him did, and George said it was his brother—I took Wright with me, and went to a house—I found Richard Mortimer sitting on the bed in the back kitchen, and these boots were under the bed where he sat.

(George Mortimer received a good character.)

G. MORTIMER— GUILTY. Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.

Richard Mortimer was 19 years old on arrival.
Native Place, Norwich, Norfolk.

Richard was 5’4¼” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, no whiskers, black eyes, literate, single, protestant, tattoos.

Father: George
Mother: Mary - Vauxhall road, London.
Brothers: George, Alfred, Charles.
Sisters: Ann, Maria.

5/7/1845: Employed by Edward A Edwards.

22/6/1852: TOL

14/12/1852: Permission to marry Bridget Moran, free.

20/12/1852: Married Bridget Moran at Hobart.
Children:
5/12/1853: Unnamed male.
2/9/1858: John Richard, registered at Campbell Town. - Mother listed as Bridget Maugham.
21/8/1860: Unnamed male, registered Launceston - father at Launceston, a brewer.
8/9/1862: Unnamed female, registered Launceston.  Father at Brisbane Street, a Cook.

9/2/1855: Misconduct in attemptin to obtain goods under false pretences - 6 months hard labour.

16/2/1855: TOL revoked.

6/3/1855: TOL
15/6/1855: Free Certificate.

26/9/1863 The Mercury, Hobart:
WRECK ON THE COAST.
The following notice was posted yesterday at the
Telegraph Office: -
REPORTED WRECK.
LAUNCESTON, Sept 25th, 9 am
Reported here that the schooner Creole has been wrecked near Waterhouse Island. The beach for miles is strewn with cattle, hay, &c. Oars, life buoy, bedding, and other articles with captain’s and ship’s name on have been found.
The above has been know among the inhabitants of the North Coast for the last three weeks, but has only been just reported.
In reference to the above, we find that the brigantine Creole, 131 tons, Captain Fluerty, cleared out at the Launceston customs for Dunedin on the 25th of August, and passed through Tamar Heads on the morning of the 29th August.
The following is a list of her passengers:
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. C. Townley and child, Miss Bain, Mrs. Green, Mr. Henry Clayton, Masters Clayton (2), Mrs. John Rattray and infant, Master Rattrays (2), Miss Rattray, W. Weymouth, Mr. James Dean.
Her crew composed seven men, and eight who were shipped as grooms, and their names were entered on the ships papers as follows:- Crew: Norman Clarke, John Cook, Richard Mortimer, Thomas Smith, William Wilson, Thomas Joyce, W. Dewar, Robert Thompson.
Grooms - Samuel Clewar, Frederick Gibbs, J. Lamont, Wm. Coleby, John Wilson, Thomas Green, and Audrew Stevenson. The Creole had, therefore, thirty-one souls on board, all of whom have, it is feared, perished.
*This is and edited version of a much longer article*.

26/12/1865: Bridget Mortimer, aged 34 married George Thomas Green, aged 41, at Launceston.
George was a widower and a boot maker.
Bridget was a widow.
Married in Mrs. Mortimer’s private house, Brisbane Street, Launceston.

Lois on 5th October, 2019 wrote:

There is not mention of violent theft in the court records, it was theft of boots without aggravation

Lois on 10th November, 2019 wrote:

Richard Mortimer married Bridgette Moran at St Georges church Hobart, Bridgette arrived in Tasmania aboard the Calcutta. Bridgette was one of the many girls who worked in the workhouse there during the famine in Ireland.

Lois on 10th November, 2019 wrote:

The female child born to Richard and Bridget on 8 Sept 1862 was Maryanne Mortimer, she later married William James Everett

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 7th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1824 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1863 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Lois on 5th October, 2019 made the following changes:

crime

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