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Robert Peebles

Robert Peebles, one of 179 convicts transported on the Agamemnon, 22 April 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Peebles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1777
Occupation: Millwright
Date of Death: 12th September, 1841
Age: 64 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 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Glasgow Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Agamemnon
Departure date: 22nd April, 1820
Arrival date: 22nd September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 303 (153)
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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D Wong on 9th October, 2015 wrote:

National Archives Kew:
Referece: HO 17/6/40

Prisoner name: Robert Peebles and Andrew Peebles.
Prisoner details: Robert: a millwright of Calton, Glasgow. Andrew: aged 13 years.
Court and date of trial: Robert: [Circuit Court, Glasgow] [1819]. Andrew: Circuit Court Glasgow [April] 1822.
Crime: Theft.
Initial sentence: Robert: 14 years transportation. Andrew: transportation for life.
Annotated: Nil.
Petitioner(s): Janet Ramsay (Janet Peebles) wife of Robert and mother of Andrew.
Grounds for clemency: Robert: insane following an industrial accident in which he lost an arm and suffered head injuries. Andrew: led astray by bad company.
Other papers: Letter from the petitioner transmitting her own petition.
1822 May 18

Colonial Secretary Papers:
1821 Sep 8 Employed at Grose Farm. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.107)
1822 Jan: Referred to in papers re charges brought against Major Druitt and testified before the Board of Enquiry into the Engineer Department (Reel 6053; 4/1754 p.77 & 4/1755 p.260)

20/10/1821: Absconded from Grouse Farm.

1825: TOL, listed as a Millwright

29/8/1828 Sydney Gazette:
Colonial Secretary’s Office,
August 28,1828.
HIS Excellency the Governor
has directed it to be notified, that Orders have been given to withdraw the Ticket of Leave of Robert Peebles, per Ship Agamemnon, in Consequence of his having been found drinking in a Public-house, during the Hours of D-vine Service, on Sunday, the 24th Instant, in Violation of the Government Order, of the 9th June, 1826, No. 27,which is to the following Effect ; viz. His Excellency is further pleased to direct, that any Man, who shall be found to disobey the said Order, shall be immediately deprived of his Ticket of Leave.

1831: TOL, listed as an Engineer.

31/1/1834:  COF

15/9/1841 The Sydney Herald:

An inquest was held on Monday last at the Hospital on the body of an old man named Robert Peebles, a millwright, in the service of Major Innes. From the evidence it appeared, that the deceased had accidently fell down the hopper of Major Innes’s mill, whilst superintending the grinding, and received considerable injury, from the cause of which he died; and a verdict to that effect was returned. The deceased had been for time in the service of Major Innes, and had superintended the erection of two windmills-one on this settlement, and the other at Wolliby Hill.  He was, we understand, employed by the Government, when he first came, into the Colony, to erect the tread-mill at Carter’s Barracks.
(No mention of his missing an arm.)

Robert’s son Andrew was also transported, first on the ‘Phoenix 1824’ absconded and went back to England, then was again transported in the ‘Susan 1834’  for another crime – in the meantime he got married.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th September, 1841 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 10th October, 2015 made the following changes:


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