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Richard Porter

Richard Porter, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Porter
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1765
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 20th September, 1849
Age: 84 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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Nottingham Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1071 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 60
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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Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Flynn, Michael; The Second Fleet… Page 482..
Richard Porter, aged 23, was sentenced to death at the March 1789 Nottingham Assizes for the burglary of Henry Stubley’s house at Mallin Hill, Nottingham, the previous October in which a silver watch and items of clothing were stolen.
The local newspaper reported that : “in a pathetic speech the judge, setting forth the enormity of his crime, and advising him by a true and sincere repentence to make the best use of the short time he had left”.
The following month he was reprieved and then sent to London for embarkation on the “Surprize”.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

On October 8th 1797, Richard married Ann Hutchinson (Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”).  Ann was a much older woman and the couple did not have children. Ann’s daughter Mary (Convict, 1791, “Mary Ann”) had been convicted with Ann and had married James Weavers (Convict, 1790, “Surprize”). The two couples lived on properties in the Kissing Point area and by 1800 were doing very well.  The 1800-1802 muster shows them each on 30 acre grants with cultivation and livestock.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Ann’s burial was registered at St Philips, Sydney on 3rd April 1805.  Her son-in-Law, James Weavers, was buried the day after, 4th April 1805.  There are no substantiated records as to the rumour that each of these was killed by Aboriginal incursion onto their properties. There is no record located in the Sydney press regarding the matter.  However, there were numerous such attcks taking place in the Hawkesbury during this period. In 1820, her grandson, Enoch Weavers, the son of James and Mary, submitted a petition for a land grant on the basis that the land grant to his father had been lost. A referee, Mr John Piper, made the following statement….
“This lad, being a native of this place and his father having been killed by the Natives, I beg you to support his petition”
[Ref Flynn, Michael; The Second Fleet: page 600]

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

The daughter-in-law, Mary, now a widow with three or four children aged between 10 and 3 now moved to live with her step-father, Richard Porter.  They then commenced a de-facto relationship, had several children and subsequently married 8th June 1811.
Richard Porter therefore actually married both the mother and her daughter.

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref P1087 page 304]....
Porter, Richard, 62, absolute pardon, Surprize, 1790. life, Protestant, settler, Kissing Point.
Porter, Mary, 62, free by servitude, Mary Ann, 1791, 7 years, Protestant.
Porter, Richard (Jun), 23, born in the colony.
## Richard Junior was unmarried at this stage, he later married Ellen Fitzgerald the daughter of Michael Fitzgerald (Irish Convict, 1806, “Tellicherry”) and Bridget Shea (Irish Convict, 1806 “Tellicherry”).
Also on the Census are:
[Ref O0292 page 292] The daughter Mary Anne now married to Peter Honslow (Convict, 1798, “Globe”).
[Ref W0833 page 386] The step-daughter from Mary’s first marriage, now married to Robert Wicks (Convict, 1802, “Perseus”).
## All these children had quite large families.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 25th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1765 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th September, 1849 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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