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Robert Pate

Robert Pate, one of 261 convicts transported on the William Jardine, 09 August 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Pate
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: 1895
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Assault
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: William Jardine
Departure date: 9th August, 1850
Arrival date: 14th November, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 263 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 309 (156)
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

Leonie Dolley on 24th March, 2013 wrote:

Robert Pate struck Queen Victoria with a stick.

D Wong on 25th March, 2013 wrote:

Robert Pate was 5’11 1/2” tall, could read and write, single, protestant, fair complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, partially bald, his native place was Wisbeach.

Robert was christened on the 26/12/1819, his father was Robert Francis Pate, b C1786 and died 5/8/1856 aged 69.

Robert’s father was a wealthy corn and coal factor in Wisbeach.  In 1841 Robert’s father brought him a commission in the 10th Hussars, a regiment filled with the sons of the aristocracy.  He spent time in Ireland and after his horse and dog were put down, after contracting rabies, Robert began to show signs of lunacy.  He then resigned his commisssion and became a recluse in London.  It was at this time he hit Queen Victoria with a stick.  His did’nt mean to injure her.

Robert served less than a year in VDL and was then transferred to more amenable work in the community.

In 1857 he married Mary Elizabeth Brown in Hobart, who was a rich heiress.  They lived in Hobart for a further 8 years, and then they returned to England, just as Robert’s father died. 

Robert died in 1895 and is buried at Beckenham Cemetery.  In his will he left an estate of £22,464 with his wife as the sole Legatee.

Maureen Withey on 18th February, 2020 wrote:

Robert Pate’s Trial at the Old Bailey:
States his age was 30 at the time.

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 24th March, 2013 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 25th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1819, date of death 1895, gender

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