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Robert Pegler

Robert Pegler, one of 200 convicts transported on the John, 26 January 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Pegler
Aliases: Paglar
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 28th December, 1795
Occupation: Clothier
Date of Death: 27th July, 1881
Age: 85 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Gloucester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 26th January, 1832
Arrival date: 8th June, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 255 (128)
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 7th April, 2013 wrote:

Robert Pegler was 34 years old when transported for “Stealing Wheat”. A few different birth dates here:1797, 1794, or 1796. 

Robert was born in Kingswood, Gloucester, and in 1821 his occupation was a Sloper.

On 30/5/1815 he married “Lucy” Dash (who could have been Elizabeth Dash.)  They had 11 children but only 3 survived into adulthood - David, Elizabeth and George.

Robert was 5’8” tall, fair complexion, sandy brown hair, grey eyes.

Assigned to Archibald Bell (Jnr) at Corinda Station in the Upper Hunter.  Became a stockman, for Bell.

After gaining his COF on 7/8/1839 he kept working for Bell.  Robert was made superintendent of “Burgaria” Station (which he eventually bought) in northern nsw, now known as Warialda.

Married Mary Jane Nelson, born C1826 Sydney, and had two children, Mary Anne Pegler 1857 and Isabella Jane Pegler 1858.

Two of Robert’s children joined him in NSW, Elizabeth and David and his family arrived per “Caribou” in 1859.  George stayed in England.

Robert died 27/7/1881 aged 87 years at “Burgaria” Warialda and is buried at the Old Cemetery at Warialda.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th June, 2020 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom.
No 39/1269 dated 7th August 1839.
Prisoners No .. 32/1170.
Name Robert Pegler.
Ship… John, Master… Lowe,
Year..1832, Native Place…. Gloucestershire.
Trade or Calling…Clothier, Offence…
Stealing Wheat,
Date of Trial….38 June 1831,
Sentence….7 years,
Year of Birth…1798,
Height 5 foot 7 1/4 inches.
Hair: Sandy brown,
Eyes: Grey to blue.

Source Archives office of New South Wales. Butts of Certificate of Freedom 1827 - 1867. A04/4289 Microfilm reel no 1003.

Time Line for Robert Pegler.
1798 - birth
1815, 30th May - Married Elizabeth Dash at Painswick,
1815, birth of 1st child
1817, 27th April - birth of 2nd child Elizabeth
1821, 28th October - birth of George - Roberts Occupation Sloper - abode Stroud End
1826, 22nd December - birth of David
1831, arrested for stealing sheep.
1831, 28th June trail at Gloucestershire and sentenced to 7 years.
1832, 7th February - ship John left London with 198 male prisoners and guards
1832, 8th June arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney and assigned to Archibald Bell Jnr.
1832, 18th August -christening/ birth of Caroline.
1837, Convict muster records that he is on the property “Cordinda” gave age as 40
1845, known in the district of Warialda.
1848, Robert became superintendent of Burgaria,
Meet Mary Jane Nelson/Shepherd. Alias Mary Jane Lewis 1854- 1857
1857,  A son to the lady of Robert Pegler at her residence, Carrawallabindi, Reedy Creek near Warialda. Maitland Mercury Newspaper 3/3/1857 No a son but a daughter.
1857, birth of Mary Ann Pegler, not birth certificate.
1857, Isabella Jane Pegler born,
1858, At Auction purchased - 3 axes, 2 Jam pots, 1 saddle, 6 white shirts and I tarpaulin.
1859 Receipt signed by Robert Pegler for the deeds of Grant 1329, 1330. Allotments 6 & 7 Section 60 Warialda.
1859, Robert’s son David arrived in Australia with his wife Sarah and daughters on the ship “Caribou”.
1859, purchased Allotments 6 & 7 section 60 at Warialda.
1860, 17th April. Robert Pegler became surety for publicans George Bowman of Warialda and Stephen Hogg of the Bingara Gold Fields.
1861, 17th April. The annual licensing meeting held at Warialda, indicate Robert Pegler and George Bowman as householders (publicans).
1864, at Tamworth police pound,
1867, Court Case 1867. A.A.Adams v J Pegler (Jack Lewis) and D Campbell Act 29 Vic No 2C32
1867, Robert’s adopted son Jack Lewis and Jack Campbell both pleaded guilty to the charge of cattle duffing.
1867. Pegler superintendent ran 1062 cattle. Dec 1867 970 cattle
1867. Purchased portion 2, 200 acres of land known as Woodview in the name of Mary Ann Pegler
1869, Paid Levy on Sheep, 1358 sheep on Burgaria, Pegler superintendent.
1871, Mary Ann Pegler married George Nay at “Woodview”. Witness where Donald Campbell and John Manning. (Burgaria ran 1670 sheep)
1872, Selected Lot C, Portion 20 & Lot D portion 21 at auction.
1873, purchased 120 acres of land @ 1 pound per acre. Portion 25, adjoining Woodview in the name of Mary Ann Pegler. And portion 50, 80 acres to the north of those acres. Also portion 1, 193 acres known as Alburn Vale
1874, purchased 147 acres if land, adjoining “Aulbum Vale”. On 28th April purchased portions 34 and 35 which included Burgaria Cottage,
1875, 9th January. Isabella Jane married Henry Atkins, a free selector at “Carrawallabindi”
1881, mentioned in Sands Country Index.
1881, 27th July 1881- died at Burgaria from bronchitis, and buried in Old Warialda Cemetery age 83.
1881, buried old Warialda Cemetery
1882, 27th September, probate passed and estate valued at 3,747 pounds sterling.

Robert Pegler was born at Kingswood, near Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England on the 28th December 1795 . His father William was a weaver and he married Lucy Dash on the 30th May 1815 at Painswick, Gloucestershire, England.

In 1831 Robert was arrested for stealing wheat,  His trial took place in Gloucestershire on the 28th June 1831 and he was subsequently sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia. 
Upon arrival in Sydney, NSW Robert was assigned to Archibald Bell Jr. of ‘Corinda’ in the County of Northumberland near Jerry’s Town, N.S.W.  The property of ‘Corinda’ was originally a land grant of 1,000 acres on the Hunter River near Scone. This piece of land was given to Archibald Bell in 1825 for his important discovery of a route across the Blue Mountains, which connected Richmond Hill with the Cox’s River.

Archibald Bell Jr. was one of the early settlers who ignored the ‘limit of settlement’  and moved into the northwest regions of New South Wales and established properties. Bell took up 2 properties ‘Ulumbarella’ and ‘Burgaria’. ‘Burgaria’ was a 16,000 acre station in which stretched from Warialda southwards to Bingara, including part of Kelly’s Gully.  The 1837 convict muster records Robert as still living at ‘Corinda’ and aged 40.

Robert became superintendent of ‘Burgaria’ in 1848. Robert always gave his address as ‘Carrawallabindi’, Reedy Creek, which is part of the ‘Burgaria Station’ and is near the small settlement of Kelly’s Gully.
Robert and Mary Jane lived at ‘Carrawallabindi’ where she gave birth to their 2 children. Mary Ann born on the13th February 1857 and baptised Mary Ann Shepherd mother Mary Jane on the 16th March 1857 , Isabella born 1857. In the Maitland Mercury of 3rd March 1857, Robert proclaimed that that Mary Jane was his Lady and when the birth notice appeared it read,
At her residence ’ Carrawallabindi’, the lady of Robert Pegler Esq., a son.
Robert Pegler died at age 87 at his home on the 7th July 1881 and is buried in the Old Warialda Cemetery.  He left an estate valued at 3,747 pounds,  which did not include the properties that he purchased in the names of his children, George Pegler is believed to have England and died before 1881.
David Pegler who was sponsored by Robert and came to Australia in 1859 with his young family,  Mary Ann Pegler who married George Nay, and Isabella Jane Pegler who married Edward Atkins. There was land purchased in Mary Jane’s maiden name of Nelson. Robert had managed to secure most of ‘Burgaria’ in this way. Mary Jane died at ’ Carrawallabindi’ on the 16th July 1903 and is supposed to be buried in Warialda Cemetery but her name does not appear on their register.
Mary Jane Peglar’s death certificate is in the name of Mary Jane Shepherd


Convict Changes History

D Wong on 7th April, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1796, date of death 27th July, 1881, gender, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 6th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 28th December, 1795 (prev. 1796)

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