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Benjamin Porter, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 57 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 396
||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 1st December, 2017 wrote:
Colonial Secretary Papers:
PORTER, Benjamin. Per “Duke of Portland”, 1807
1810 Sep 13: Miner. Sent to join working gang at Coal River (Reel 6003; 4/3490A p.86)
1811 Feb 9: Miner at Newcastle. In hospital at Sydney; needed at Newcastle (Reel 6066; 4/1804 pp.61, 63)
1811 Feb 16: Miner at Newcastle. Under medical care in Sydney (Reel 6003; 4/3490A p.165)
1811 Feb 20: Returning to Newcastle per “Governor Hunter” (Reel 6003; 4/3490A p.168)
1811 Mar 29: Apprehended in Sydney & returning to Newcastle per “Estramina” (Reel 6003; 4/3490A pp.173-4)
1811 Apr 6: Prisoner at Newcastle. Complained of cruel treatment (Reel 6066; 4/1804 pp.66, 68)
1813 Mar 22: On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Estramina” (Reel 6003; 4/3492 p.211)
1815 Apr: On monthly return of prisoners punished at Newcastle (Reel 6023; 4/1718 p.43)
1821 Oct 16: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.407)
1823 Oct 18: Convict runaway from Windsor. Details of previous movements of (Reel 6017; 4/5783 pp.487-8)
1823 Oct 31: On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.87, 448-9)
1824 Mar 1: Runaway from Wallis Plains (Reel 6060; 4/1777 p.184)
1824 Dec 10: Runaway from Port Macquarie; sentenced to Macquarie Harbour, Van Diemen’s Land. On return of fines and punishments in the Police Office (Reel 6023; 4/6671 p.103)
**No mention of him on Tasmanian records**
1824 Dec 21: On list of runaways from Port Macquarie forwarded to Newcastle per “Sally” (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.130)
1838: TOL Bathurst
1843: Married Grace Martin at St Johns, Parramatta. (presumably this was Grace Nichol/Martin who arrived on the ‘Planter’ 1838 - her maiden name was Nichol and she married John Martin in Glasgow) - 2 children listed on NSW BDM, John Y Porter born 1845 and Mary Porter born 1847.
1860: Benjamin died at Liverpool, aged 79. He was admitted to the Sydney Benevolent Asylum on 15/3/1860 and discharged on the same date.
Grace died in 1854 aged 45, NSW.
Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2021 wrote:
Convicts Applications to Marry.
Benjamin Porter, per Duke of Portland, age 55, Life, T of L. and Grace Martin, alias Grace Nicol, per Planter (2), age 33, 7 years, Bond. Date of Application, 14 Oct 1843, Parramatta, Revd. H H Bobart.
Maureen Withey on 11th February, 2021 wrote:
Captivity Hulk Records. HO-9-8-3. see page 16/51
– 30 prisoners received from ?? (writing very faint) Dec and sent on Duke of Portland. Jan 1807
Only details recorded are ages and sentences.
Convict Changes History
Amber on 29th November, 2017 made the following changes:
D Wong on 1st December, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1782 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1860 (prev. 0000)