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Henry Patterson

Henry Pattison, one of 289 convicts transported on the Thomas Arbuthnot, 06 January 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Patterson
Aliases: Pattison
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st March, 1829
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 30th May, 1867
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Norfolk, Great Yarmouth Boro Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thomas Arbuthnot
Departure date: 6th January, 1847
Arrival date: 4th May, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [convicts disembarked at Port Phillip, not Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 149 (76)
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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Anonymous on 12th September, 2011 wrote:

    Henry Patttison (Patterson) was my Great Great Grandfather Mathew Pattersons younger brother. The family all came from great yarmouth and were seammen. Mathew was later the master in charge of the steam tug the Star which was part of the redfunnel steam tug boat company in Yarmouth. Henry later married a girl in Australia by the name of Ann Sloan,henry died in Australia at the age of 38 years. I have a lot more information on the family and i will check out my records and post all i have on this site.

Sidney Pattersn

D Wong on 4th September, 2014 wrote:

Data from the research of Victor Malham, GG Grandson of Henry:

An Exile — Henry Patterson

Henry Patterson (aka Pattinson) was the son of Jonathan (1796-1849) and Mary (nee Waterton) (1791-1839) Patterson. They lived Great Yarmouth. Henry had 8 siblings. 

Henry was arrested with two other boys by a constable PC Horner. The other two boys were named as Tunmore and Bowles. The one named Bowles ‘shopped’ the other two and was let of. Tunmore received three months imprisonment.

On the 21 Jun 1842 Henry was committed to appear at Great Yarmouth Quarter Sessions accused of stealing a pair of boots, he was 13 year of age at the time..

After sentencing Henry was first admitted to London’s Millbank Prison as a transit arrangement before being transferred to Parkhurst Juvenile Reformatory for boys on the Isle of Wright on 13 September 1842. Parkhurst juvenile prison established in 1838 to house more serious juvenile offenders prior to transportation.

His gaolers report on admission to the prison stated that he was ‘bad in every respect’, single and could read and write. Later the prison governor commented that his general character and disposition were ‘steady and industrious, rather dull’, he could read and write. During his time at Parkhurst he was taught the trades of a cooper and brick maker.

Henry was granted an immediate conditional pardon and went to work as a shepherd for Mr Brock of Mt Macedon, Victoria for one year at £20 per annum. Most of the Parkhurst boys were treated as immigration labour, but some were treated a convicts and were still considered juvenile prisoners even though given a pardon.

On Friday 30 January in 1852 Henry Patterson married 18 year old Anne Sloane (1834-1909) an Irish Workhouse Orphan at the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, cnr Swanston and Little Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, Victoria. They were both living at Kinlochewe at the time of their marriage.

Henry took up farming in the Kalkallo/Donnybrook area and finally settling at Sugarloaf Creek, (approximately 100 kilometres north of Melbourne, Victoria). The marriage to Anne produced 8 children.

Henry died 30 May 1867 at Sugarloaf Creek, near Tallarook, Victoria of Chronic Hepatitis at the young age of 38.  On the register of his death it states that he was ill for two months and the death was reported by Edward Ryan a farmer. He was buried 1 June 1867, Tallarook Cemetery.  Anne would have been left with eight children aged from 13 years to one year old. Life would have hard for the next few years without husband and she was now a farmer and the bread-winner.

Anne remarried three years later to Charles McGinty. Three sons were born from this marriage. Charles (1871-1915), Edward (1874-1880) and unnamed male (1875) died at one day old.  Anne died 11 April 1909, aged 75 years, in either Glenaroua or Seymour.

Convict Changes History

Shane Patterson Osborne on 4th September, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 4th September, 2014 made the following changes:

surname: Patterson (prev. Pattison), alias1: Pattison, date of birth: 21st March, 1829 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th May, 1867 (prev. 0000)

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