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Henry Pearce

Henry Pearce, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, 13 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Pearce
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Shipwright
Date of Death: 1901
Age: 88 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing lead
Convicted at: London. Wellington Barracks Court Martial
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 13th July, 1829
Arrival date: 14th December, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 119 (62)
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

Kath Horton on 8th November, 2015 wrote:

Henry Pearce’s great granddaughter, Dorothy Pearce, Social Worker, (Sandy Bay, deceased 2013), travelled back to the London Hospital to reimburse them the £5 that was ‘surly theirs’ as a result of the lead that Henry had stolen from the roof over 100 years before! Henry was only 15 years old when he was convicted and sent to Port Arthur. I am his great, great, great granddaughter- granddaughter (maternal) of Molly Mildred Pearce.

I have more information if required. At the very least, Henry was intelligent and an entrepreneur and by all accounts a ‘survivor’ of starvation in London, and then the brutal conditions of Port Arthur, at the same age that my own son is now! Kind regards, Kathi Horton (née Laidlaw). My mother was Lynnette Irene Featherstone.

Convict Changes History

Kath Horton on 8th November, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1901 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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