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David Peter

David Peter, one of 305 convicts transported on the Maitland, 19 March 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Peter
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Maitland
Departure date: 19th March, 1840
Arrival date: 14th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 170
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 25th August, 2018 wrote:

National Records of Scotland
Title Precognition against David Peter, John Smith for the crime of robbery, assault with intent to rob and discharging a loaded firearm with intent to murder at public roads, Forfarshire (Angus), various locations
Dates 1840

Accused David Peter, blacksmith, Address: Scouringburn, Dundee
John Smith, weaver, Address: Lawson’s Close, north side of Overgate Street, Dundee.

David Peter, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - Life
John Smith, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - Life.

David Peter was 27 years old on arrival - his native place was Dundee, Scotland.

David was literate, married with 2 children, 5/5¼” tall, ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, nose broad and rather
flat, breast a little hairy.

13/6/1846: TOL Murrurundi - listed as a Baker.

12/5/1847: TOL altered to Moreton Bay.

Possible death:
4/10/1881 Toowoomba Chronicle:
PETERS.—At the residence of Lochlan Macpherson, Esq., J.P., Caledonian Valley, Emu Creek, on Monday, the 3rd of October, David Peters, aged 68 years.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th August, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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