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Martha Purl

Martha Purl, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Purl
Aliases: Pearl
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 75 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 357 (178)
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

D Wong on 8th March, 2017 wrote:

17/8/1801 Salisbury and Winchester Journal Wiltshire, England:
Deborah Frazier, Martha Purl, G. Dando, T. Cohner, S. Taylor, and R. Feltham, for various burglaries, also received sentence death, but were reprieved.

Most records refer to her as Martha **PEARL**

3/8/1804: Was a witness at the wedding of Rowland Edwards and Jane Fletcher at Parramatta.  Listed as ‘Pearl’.

1805: Married Hugh Devlin (Friendship 1800) at St. John’s, Parramatta - they appear to have had no children.

1808: CP
1810: Certificate of Freedom.

1812: Convicted for clandestine distilling - fine levied and paid into the Police Fund,

1828 Census: Farmers at Richmond, she was 48 and Hugh was 60.

1859: Martha died aged 75 - registered in Penrith.
Hugh died the same year aged 95.

Gregg R on 6th January, 2019 wrote:

1812 Oct 24 On list of prisoners for Newcastle per “Estramina” (Reel 6003:4/3492 p.162) - as was Hugh Devlin
1813 Dec 16 Permitted to return to Sydney on a one month pass (Reel 6003:4/3492 p.295)
1814 Jan 8 Prisoner at Newcastle Re: Remission of Devlyn’s sentence. (Reel 6004:4/3493 p.8)

Gregg R on 6th January, 2019 wrote:

Hugh and Martha buried together

Gregg R on 10th January, 2019 wrote:

In 1838, Martha Devlin (nee Purl/Pearl) gave Hugh a son.  Martha was 54 years old.
John William Devlin grew into a wise and gentle man, and married Charlotte Freeman in 1862.  He fathered nine children, and a large family grew. John did well in business, and was a strong supporter and contributor in the community, a trait he passed to his children.  He died aged 85.
New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945
Registration number: 5330; Record set: New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945; Subcategory: Civil Deaths & Burials; Category: Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers); Collections from: Australia & New Zealand;

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th March, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Pearl, date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1859 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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