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Catherine Platt

Catherine Platt, one of 170 convicts transported on the Tory, 17 March 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catherine Platt
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Convict servant
Date of Death: 30th June, 1883
Age: 70 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster, Manchester Boro' Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Tory
Departure date: 17th March, 1845
Arrival date: 4th July, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 170 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 254
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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Anonymous on 22nd June, 2011 wrote:

Catherine was christened Catherine Steele at Holy Trinity Church, Whitehaven, England on the 24th April 1812, daughter of Samuel Steele & Charlotte nee Saunderson.  Sister of Samuel, Mary Ann & Samuel.

She married Robert Platt C1828 in Cheshire, England.  Known children Richard, Elizabeth & Catherine.

Catherine was tried at Lancashire, Manchester Borough Quarter Sessions on 22 April 1844 - crime stealing shoes, & departed England on 17th March 1845 onboard ship ‘Tory’, arriving in Van Diemen’s Land - Hobart Town on 11 July 1845.  She had with her a female child age abt 6mths, possibly Catherine.

On the 10 August 1846 Catherine married James Goodwin in Campbell Town, Tasmania.  Three children were born to this union - James Andrew Goodwin, Mary Ann Goodwin, William Henry Goodwin.

Catherine departed Launceston, Tasmania 9 September 1853 - steerage passenger aboard ‘Queen of the Netherlands’

She died 30 June 1883 West Ballarat, Victoria, Aust and was buried 3 July 1883 in the Ballarat New Cemetery, area OGNK - no monument

Janice Macpherson on 19th August, 2016 wrote:

Catherine was a widow with 2 children who was transported to Tasmania for stealing shoes. She arrived in Launceston 4/7/1845 and married a farmer,James Goodwin 10/8/1846 at Campbell Town.They had 4 children and left Tasmania aboard “Queen of the Netherlands"9/9/1853 heading for the Victorian Goldfields.They settled in Creswick.

Janice Macpherson on 17th September, 2016 wrote:

Sent to Tasmania as a widow for stealing shoes, Catharine’s 2 daughters died on board ship.
In 1846 she married James Goodwin at Campbell Town and had 4 more children, 2 sons died under 1 year.
She was reported to be quarrelsome and disconntented but could read and write. She was a laundress, was 5’3/4” tall, with a sallow complxion, grey eyes and brown hair with 2nd. finger of left hand crippled.She obtained her ToL 27/3/49
The family left Tasmania for the Victorian goldfields 16/3/1853 and settled in Creswick.

Janice Macpherson on 5th November, 2016 wrote:

Catharine was accompanies by her two daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth, who both died on board ship.
She was reported as being quarrelsome and discontented. As if any mother losing 2 children on board a convict ship would be happy.

Convict Changes History

Janice Macpherson on 19th August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th June, 1883 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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