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Damianos Ninis

Damianos Ninis, one of 200 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 20 May 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Damianos Ninis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Sailor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Malta (and its Dependancies) Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 20th May, 1829
Arrival date: 27th August, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 71 (38)
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

Kate Carruthers on 28th December, 2015 wrote:

Absolute pardon by order of Colonial Secretary 18 July 1836 - returned to Hydra in Greece

Convicted of piracy 21 Feb 1828; death sentence commuted to life transport to NSW via ship Norfolk 20 May 1829

Penny-Lyn Beale on 20th December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Ship: Norfolk - 1829
Name; Damianos Ninis. Age; 24 [1805]
No; 194
Unable to Read or write. Single,
Native County; Ilse of Hydra
Trade; Sailor & Carpenter
Offence; Piracy
Trial; Malta - 21 Feb 1828 - Life
Height; 5 ft. 4 in
Complexion; Sallow
Hair; Black
Eyes; Dk Brown
Assigned; Dock Yard


Maureen Withey on 30th January, 2021 wrote:

In 1827, one privateer – the Herakles, out of Hydra – had raided the Alceste, a British-owned Maltese ship flying British colours en route to Alexandria. The ship was chased and seized by the Gannet,4 a British naval brig-sloop, off the Libyan coast. Taken to Malta, the crew was tried for piracy in February 1828. In their defence they claimed that they weren’t actual pirates but part of the Greek independence cause, which justified their raiding a ship bound for an Ottoman - (and hence enemy) - controlled port and seizing cargo useful for the war. In response, the prosecution pointed out to the jury that personal possessions had also been looted. Found guilty, seven of the nine tried were sentenced to death. A request to London for legal clarification, followed by a lengthy appeal, resulted in the sentences being commuted to transportation – to the colony of NSW. They were transferred to England, then in May 1829 loaded onto the transport Norfolk, and arrived in Sydney on 27 August 1829.

Convict Changes History

Kate Carruthers on 28th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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