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George Nation

George Nation, one of 170 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 13 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Nation
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 31st July, 1803
Occupation: Frs labourer & ploughman
Date of Death: 11th May, 1868
Age: 64 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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 13th March, 1828
Arrival date: 10th August, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 336
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

D Wong on 12th December, 2013 wrote:

George Nation was 23 years old when convicted of stealing a sheep of William Anstey of the Upton Parish.  The stealing was under arms, and he sold 2 legs, one loin and shoulder fat (6lbs of mutton for 2/-) to James Tout.

George was 5’9” tall, fair freckled complexion, light sandy hair, blue eyes, large scar on left cheek bone.

1835: Tried in the colony for larceny and sentenced to seven years.

6/9/1844 Recommended for a conditional pardon.
July, 1845: CP
16/12/1851: Free Pardon.

George purchased several land grants during 1849-1856.

1851 Census: George was residing in an unfinished wooden house near the Huon River.

29/4/1856: Married Elizabeth Henrietta Cuthbert, in Victoria Church, Huon Tasmania.  Elizabeth was born 25/8/1836 in Hobart and died 20/10/1914 in Balmain, NSW.  They had 4 children.

11/5/1868: George died at Goodwood, Huon, after a short illness aged 65.  The cause of death was constitution break up, anascare of feet and ankles.

Elizabeth then married Joseph Rout and moved to Sydney in 1881.

Richard John Blundell on 31st May, 2015 wrote:

Convict number 157. Was tried in Somerset on 5 April 1827 for stealing a sheep belonging to William Anstey of the Upton Parish.The Indictment said “ Stealing under arms one sheep on 11 October 1826, sold 2 legs,one loin ,one shoulder…fat( 6 lbs mutton for 2/-) to James Tout”
He was sentenced to life and arrived in Van Diemen’s land on 10 August 1828 in the ship “Bengal Merchant”, which left Plymouth on 25 March 1828.

His personal description:-
Trade : Farmers labourer and ploughman (Noreabath, near Bampton)
Height 5’9’
Age 22 years
Complexion fair , fresh, freckles.
Hair. light sandy
Visage. Small broad, narrow downward.
Forehead. medium, full fronted.
Eyebrows Light, wide apart.
Eyes. Blue
Nose . Small narrow.
Mouth. Small. lips prominent.
Chin. Narrow, Flat pointed.
Remarks Large scar on left chek bone, scars on forefingers of right and left hand.

After arriving in the new colony, he was tried in 1835 for larceny and sentenced for 7 years transportation.
On 6 Sept 1844 he was recomended for a Conditional Pardon which he recieved on July 1845. A partition requesting a Free Pardon for George Nation was sent on 12 December 1850, from lieutenant Governor Denison to Earl Grey , and this was granted on 16 December 1851.

Granted land in Districts of Kent, and Longley between 1849-56

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 12th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 31st July, 1803, date of death 11th May, 1868, gender, occupation, crime

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