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Charles Raven

Charles Raven, one of 299 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Friends, April 1811

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Raven
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 5th October, 1839
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Cow stealing
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Friends
Departure date: April, 1811
Arrival date: 29th September, 1811
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 301 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 29 (16)
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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D Wong on 7th March, 2014 wrote:

Charles Raven was 28 years old on arrival in NSW and was transported for “Bullock stealing” and sentenced to death.

Colonial Secretary:
RAVEN, Charles. Per “Admiral Gambier”, 1811
1817 Dec 15:Servant of J T Campbell. Petition for mitigation of sentence.
1818 Sep 10:On list of persons to receive grants of land in 1818
1820 May 8:Juror at inquest on Simeon MacGuiggan held at Moore’s Bridge, Liverpool
1821 May 24:Store receipts of for wheat
1821 Oct 23:Permitted to procure cedar in district of Illawarra
1822 Dec 18-1823 Jan 1: Sentenced to death; commuted to transportation to Port Macquarie. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction
23 Jan 16: On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally”
1823 Jan 21: Tried in Sydney. Sentence commuted to transportation
1823 Jan 25: Re commutation of his sentence
1823 May, Jun 19: Prisoner at Port Macquarie. Petition of his wife Sarah to be allowed to join him at Port Macquarie.
1823 Sep 4,17: Information re cattle stealing and his conviction
1824 Feb, Apr 7: Convicted at Criminal Court Dec 1822. Petition for mitigation of sentence, claiming that he had been a victim of injustice.

Charles had been convicted of stealing a cow and calf from Richard Brooks at Liverpool, and was at this time married to Sarah Jenkins.  They petitioned the governor for Sarah to go to Port Macquarie to be with Charles.  Sarah got permission but her 3 daughters did not – they were then put in the orphanage, (Mary Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah).

1821: Charles married Sarah Jenkins nee Chivers, she had arrived free per Elizabeth in 1806 and was the widow of William Jenkins (Coromandel 1802) who had been murdered in 1814.  They had 2 children, Sussanah and Charles in 1823, as well as Sarah’s 3 other daughters from William Jenkins.

1833: TOL Bathurst.

5/10/1839: Charles and Sarah drowned in the Vale Creek, when attempting to cross during a storm, on the way from Bathurst to the residence of their daughter Sussanah and son-in-law George Blackman, on the Vale Creek, near Gorman’s Hill

Averill Quinton on 23rd November, 2021 wrote:

Charles married Jarah Jenkins, Widow with three daughters, in Liverpool NSW in 1821.  They had two children, Susannah 1820, and Charles 1824.  Susannah married George Blackman, but there is no record of Charles after 1828.  Charles and Sarah both drowned trying to cross a flooded creek, near Bathurst, Oct 1839. Charles also had an illegitimate daughter in Ireland, in 1802, Dorcas Raven.  DNA matches to Susannah’s descendants and to Charles’s brother Edward’s descendants, confirm the connection.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 7th March, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th October, 1839 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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