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Philip Potts

Philip Potts, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Philip Potts
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Landlord
Date of Death: 1820
Age: 48 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Derby Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 373 (188)
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

Naomi Lourie Klein on 3rd January, 2016 wrote:

Derby Mercury, Thursday 06 November 1817.
Philip Potts and Hannah Valance (Vallance) convicted of Robbery in a dwelling house. They had robbed and seriously injured Abraham Corcus, an ininerant Portuguese Jew.
Criminal Register Source Citation
Class: HO 27; Piece: 13; Page: 84

D Wong on 7th January, 2016 wrote:

Philip Potts was aged 46 and prostitute Hannah Vallance , aged about 50 were both transported for robbing and seriously injuring Abraham Corcus.

Philip was a wealthy Derby landlord, he owned considerable freehold property, consisting of houses in the town of Derby, at the trial he claimed not to remember the incident because he had been so drunk, the jury found the defendants guilty and a sentence of death was passed on them.  Philip was married as Mrs. Potts was one of the witnesses at the trial.

On the voyage, the ship’s surgeon, to whom he had complained of chest pains, described him as of “very full habit” and “inclined to corpulence.”

Colonial Secretary Papers:
Potts, Philip. Per ‘Ocean”, 1818
16/1/1818: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Ocean” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution.

1820: Philip died after May 1820, he was a subscriber to the AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY on the 27th of May, in the district of Windsor.

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Medical Journal of Ocean for 21 June 1817 to 16 Jan 1818, by George Fairfowl.
ADM 101/57/8/11817-1817

Folio 2: Philip Potts, Convict, aged 46; disease or hurt, pain in the breast affecting respiration, attended by a short dry cough. Taken ill, 10 August 1817. Discharged 13 August 1817.

Convict Changes History

Naomi Lourie Klein on 3rd January, 2016 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 7th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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