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George Prestney

George Prestney, one of 292 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 16 April 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Prestney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1825
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 15th December, 1865
Age: 40 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Malicious wounding
Convicted at: Essex. Assizes at Chelmsford
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Pestonjee Bomanjee
Departure date: 16th April, 1852
Arrival date: 31st July, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 402
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

Chris Kingston on 18th April, 2012 wrote:

5/3/1849 He was tried at Chelmsford Assize for cutting and maiming a Mr. James Perkins of Essex whilst poaching at East Donyland. He was sentenced to 7 years, two months of which was for the poaching.

Anonymous on 20th April, 2012 wrote:

George Prestney was Single, native place was Suffolk, 5’8 1/2" tall, Fresh complexion, dark brown hair, drk brown eyebrows, oval head, blue eyes, large nose, medium mouth, sandy whiskers, and a scar on the bridge of his nose.

8/9/1852: Cotton/Misconduct in working for a man while en route to his must - in irons.
18/3/1853: Cotton/absent without leave - 6 months hard labour and loss sustainted by his master through his absence to be deducted from the wage.
26/3/1853: Graham/absence and neglect of his work - 14 days Solitary.
9/12/1853: Graham/Absconding - 10 months hard labour in chains.
30/1/1854: Doryk/absconding - 10 months hard labour in chains.
8/2/1854: Doryk/absconding and obstructing a Constable - Case Dismissed.
1/4/1854: Absconding - No gage to 11/4/1854.
26/5/1854: Absconding - 18 months hard labour.
3/6/1854: Assulting James ?? - sentence of transportation extended by 18 months.
12/1/1855: Misconduct - 3 months hard labour.

31/7/1857: TOL
7/9/1857: Certificate.

19/10/1861: Launceston Examiner: ASSAULT; George Prestney charged George Pyle who was his landlord, of having assaulted him by shoving him down in the shop door.  It was regarding the rent.  George Pyle was threatening to hit him with a bar.  The evidence introduced contradicted many points and the case was dismissed.

Could find no death or other records of George.

Chris Kingston on 30th May, 2012 wrote:

On 7th August 1854 he was found guilty of assaulting a James Manyon and had his sentence of transportation extended by 18 months.

20/8/1864 he committed a larceny in Leithfield, Canterbury District, north of Christchurch,New Zealand
1/9/1864 He was tried and found guilty. He was sentenced " to be imprisoned in the common gaol at Lyttelton for the space of two years to be computed from the first day of Sept. inst. And to be kept to Hard Labour."
15/12/1865 He died in Lyttleton Hospital of pneumonia.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 20th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1825-00-00

Chris Kingston on 18th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1865-12-15, gender m

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