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Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Parker
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 27th August, 1822
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a pig
Convicted at: Hants. Portsmouth Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 349 (174)
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

Anonymous on 24th May, 2011 wrote:

He was given an Absolute Pardon on the 5th June 1815 for helping to construct Cox’s Road through the Blue Mountains under William Cox.

Brett Watson on 7th July, 2012 wrote:

Married Harriet Pugh 30 Aug 1813

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 wrote:

Stephen and Harriet had three children; Elizabeth 1814, David 1817, and Sophia 1819.

On August 27th 1822, Stephen was in a boat at Cockle Bay (Now Darling Harbour). He was with a young boy in the boat. (I have not been able to determine the name of the boy, his Son David would have been only 4-5 so it likely not him).
The boat was upset with them both aboard. Stephen drowned, but the boy made it to shore.
Inquest at Rising Sun, Prince Street found the cause of death to be accidental drowning.

Barbara Goodbody on 18th April, 2016 wrote:

Born in Haylesbury Wiltshire, in 1772, In 1802 in the parish of Norwood, Isle of Wight,  he was convicted and sentenced to death for stealing a pig.  The sentence was later changed to life.  Records were amended from ‘to be hanged’ to reprieved and transported to NSW.  In June of that year he was held aboard a prison hulk, Portland moored at Portsmouth.  Arrived in 1804.  In 1806 the Sydney Gazette published that Stephen Parker was to receive 50 lashes for stealing corn.  1813 he was given permission to marry Harriet Pugh, given permission by Colonial Secretary because he was a convict.  1814 Stephen was working on the mountain road to make the Blue mountains easier to pass.  The next year he was pardoned as a free man because of the work he did on the road across the Blue Mountains, it was to help local people gain access to better farm land.  Stephen died in 1822 it was believed that he was collecting firewood by boat on Cockle Bay with his son David, when the boat began to take in water, his son made it to shore but Stephen drowned.

Convict Changes History

Brett Watson on 7th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1772-00-00, gender m

Denis Pember on 10th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 27th August, 1822 (prev. 0000)

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