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Lydia Rackham

Lydia Rackham, one of 150 convicts transported on the Cadet, 10 November 1848

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lydia Rackham
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Country servant
Date of Death: 15th June, 1875
Age: 66 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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Essex. Chelmsford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Cadet
Departure date: 10th November, 1848
Arrival date: 12th April, 1849
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 351 (177) Tasmanian Archives - convicts Queens Orphanage records
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 18th January, 2013 wrote:

Lydia Rackham was convicted at Chelmsford, Essex on 18/02/1848 cojointly with her husband James for stealing items from shops - in a highly organised system. Lydia was given a 14 yr sentence. Husband was a Millbank. Transported to Van diemens Land on the ‘Cadet’ arriving 1849. Children onboard, William, Emmeline & James.

Married woman; aged 40/41yrs; country servant; Native Place - Trimley, Suffolk; 5’3 1/2”; brown complexion; dk brown hair; blue eyes.

Married to James Rackham 27/07/1829 Trimley, Suffolk, England. Children at home: Charles, John, Lydia Anna, Sarah.

Mother: Sarah
Brothers: John & Charles - at Dover
Sister: Anna - at Native Place

3rd class Probation
Assignments in Hobart and time at the House of Correction.

01/02/1853: Not eligible for Ticket of Leave
07/04/1855: Ticket of Leave granted
09/06/1857: Conditional Pardon granted
18/02/1862: Free by servitude & Cert. of Freedom

Child Emmeline aged 5yrs admitted to Queens Orphanage. Mother Lydia Rackham. Discharged 17/10/1854 to brother-in-law George Prowling.

Child William aged 7yrs admitted to Queens Orphanage. Dishcarged 17/10/1854 to brother-in-law George Prowling.

Child James aged 12yrs admitted to Queens Orphanage. Discharged to W.A. Sharland, New Norfolk 29/11/1852.

Died 15 June 1875 aged 67yrs. Buried Queensborough Cemetery, Sandy Bay, Hobart.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 18th January, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1809, date of death 15th June, 1875, gender, occupation, crime

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