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Walter Plant

Walter Plant, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 04 August 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Walter Plant
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Ribbon weaver
Date of Death: 1895
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 4th August, 1836
Arrival date: 9th December, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 345 (175)
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

CRAIG TILLEY on 21st July, 2019 wrote:

Granted his ticket of leave in 1845 and resided thereafter in Melbourne where he married Janet Phillips (who was Scottish) in 1852 and raised 9 children, mainly near the town of Saint Arnaud. He was a farmer in the district. He was committed to Kew Asylum, Melbourne and died in 1895. He is buried in Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, in an unmarked grave.

D Wong on 21st July, 2019 wrote:

Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle London, England
3 Apr 1836:

Daring Robbery.—Edward Gordon, aged 17, Walter Plant, aged 18, and George Allcoat, aged 18, were indicted for stealing sdver spoons and other articles from the house of ThomasWeston, in the parish of Stoneleigh, and putting Ann Weston, his wife, in bodily fear, on the 6th of February last.__It appeared that the prisoners entered the house at about 11 or 12 o’clock in the middle of the day, and pretended to ask leave to light their pipes.
Finding that there was nobody at home but Mrs. Weston who is about seventy years old, they lock the doors and demanded her money.  She denied having any.  Plant told her she had lately sold a cow ; and she replied that she had bought two instead of it.
After having threatened to split her with the fireshovel, and to cut her throat with a knife, if she did not divulge the place where her money was concealed, two of the prisoners proceeded to force open the drawers and cupboards, which they rifled, while the third held the old woman in a chair.
Upon their leaving the house she gave the alarm, and the prisoners were pursued and taken, having in their flight thrown away the stolen property, which was picked up by some of the persons who pursued them.__They were all found Guilty, and sentence of death was recorded against them, with an intimation from the learned Judge that the terms of commutation should be transportation for life.

Walter Plant was listed as 21 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Coventry.

Walter was literate, protestant, married with 1 female child, 5’4½” tall, brown complexion, light brown hair, light hazel eyes, angular scar over right eyebrow, scar back of forefinger of right hand, W P rather indistinct inside lower left arm, seven dots back of ball of left thumb, blue ring third finger of left hand.

1845: TOL Melbourne
20/10/1849: CP.

17/5/1895 The Age, Melbourne, Vic:
ST. ARNAUD, Thursday.
Walter Plant, sen., aged 74 years, a farmer, living near here for over 40 years, attempted to cut his throat yesterday with a butcher’s knife.
The would is not serious
He had been despondent of late, and after medical examination was ordered to Kew Asylum.

CRAIG TILLEY on 22nd July, 2019 wrote:

Further examination of his probate records reveal Walter had 12 children in Australia not 9 as previously stated.

Convict Changes History

CRAIG TILLEY on 21st July, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1895 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 21st July, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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