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Clement Porter

Clement Porter, one of 290 convicts transported on the Earl Grey, 27 July 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Clement Porter
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 5th July, 1867
Age: 50 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 10 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Earl Grey
Departure date: 27th July, 1838
Arrival date: 21st November, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 320
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

Heloise Campbell on 7th December, 2013 wrote:

Born Edinburgh, Scotland. Father Henry Porter, editor of Edinburgh Times. Shown as printer on Clement’s death certificate. Clement given land grant in Kempsey and married Mary-Jane Meehan daughter of Patrick Meehan, shipping merchant from Ireland.

Heloise Campbell on 5th October, 2014 wrote:

Have seen reference to Clement’s father, Henry, owning the Edinburgh Times. This has not been verified. Clement was Presbyterian & described in records as being “fair ruddy” in complexion. Many Scottish convicts were repeat offenders as Scottish law was more lenient than English. I have found nothing to say what Clement stole or whether he had stolen before

D Wong on 5th October, 2014 wrote:

National Archives of Scotland:
Precognition against Clement Porter for the crime of theft, habit and repute, and previous conviction.

Clement Porter, Age: 20, blacksmith, Address: Canongate, Edinburgh

4/6/1838: Clement Porter, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 10 years.

1842: TOL Port Macquarie

Clement became a court baliff.

Clement married Mary at St Andrews, Sydney and they had 9 children.

5/7/1867: Clement died from primary enlargement of the heart, bronchitis and secondary pneumonia of the right lung at West Kempsey.

Mary Jane married George Wares in Kempsey and had 3 more children.

Convict Changes History

Heloise Campbell on 7th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816, date of death 1867, gender, occupation, crime

Heloise Campbell on 7th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, date of death 1867, occupation, crime

D Wong on 5th October, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th July, 1867 (prev. 1867), gender: m

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