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Alexander Reid

Alexander Reid, one of 300 convicts transported on the Isabella, 11 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Alexander Reid
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 24th April, 1844
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Assault with intent to rob with ano...
Convicted at: Edinburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 11th July, 1833
Arrival date: 14th November, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 175 (89)
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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Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 wrote:

1832: Precognition against Alexander Reid, Myles Malloy for the crime of assault with intent to rob.

Accused: Alexander Reid, alias McCartney, son of John Reid, labourer, Age: 26, labourer, Address: Blackfriars Wynd, High Street, Edinburgh, with father, Origin: Born in Ross-shire.

Accused: Myles Malloy, alias Miles Malloy, Age: 26, blacksmith, Address: Blackfriars Wynd, High Street, Edinburgh, Origin: Born in Lanarkshire (see National Records of Scotland; Reference AD14/32/411).


1832, 8 November: Trial papers relating to Myles Malloy, Alexander Reid for the crime of assault with intent to rob. Tried at High Court, Edinburgh.

Accused Myles: Malloy, alias Miles Malloy, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years.

Accused: Alexander Reid, alias McCartney, son of John Reid, labourer, Verdict: Guilty, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years (see National Records of Scotland; Reference JC26/1832/390).


1832, 18 December: Alexander Reid, 24, convicted for assault, was received aboard the Cumberland prison hulk, at Chatham. He was sent from there for transportation on 5 July 1833 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849). His accomplice, Myles Malloy, was also received aboard the hulk on the same day and, subsequently, sent for transportation on the Isabella.

Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 wrote:

1833: On arrival in VDL, he was single. His Conduct Record says he had three previous convictions - two for theft and a third for fighting.

1834, 25 March: He was sentenced to 3 years with hard labour for a felony and absconding (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-37$init=CON31-1-37p144).

1841, 25 April: Alexander Reid received a Ticket of Leave.

1844, 30 January: Another charge of absconding and committing a felony for which he was sent to Port Arthur.

1844, 23 February: Committed for trial on a charge of absconding from Port Arthur and stealing from the home of John Stohill.

1844, 27 March: Alexander Reid was convicted and sentenced by the Supreme Court to be hanged (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-37$init=CON31-1-37p144).

Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 wrote:


1844, 24 April: Alexander Reid was hanged at Oatlands. The following [edited] report of his execution was published in the Hobart Courier, 26 April 1844, p3:


On Wednesday last, the two unfortunate criminals, Alexander Reid and Thomas Marshall, who were left for execution at the late Assize, and not subsequently respited with the other prisoners, suffered the last penalty of the law at Oatlands; Reid (an absconder from Port Arthur) for feloniously shooting at and wounding Constable Murray, who led the capturing party by whom his gang were taken; Marshall for the wilful murder of Benjamin Smith. The scaffold was erected in front of the great gates of the prison, around which, at the hour appointed for the occasion, a knot of about fifty spectators assembled, chiefly with the view of hearing the expected confession of the prisoner Marshall. The utmost quiet and decorum prevailed throughout the painful scene.

At a quarter before eight o’clock the bell tolled, and the prisoners were led forth pinioned to the
foot of the steps ascending to the drop, in the presence of the Under-Sherrif, the officers of the
gaol, and military guard appointed to be present.

They were attended by the Rev. Mr. Gaud, who has been most earnest and assiduous in affording them spiritual advice and consolation in the gaol, and, with regard to one of them at least (Reid,) with every appearance of the most beneficial results. For many days past, and especially since the withdrawal of his hardened companions, Cope and Reuben, lately removed to Norfolk Island, this unfortunate being has exhibited the strongest manifestations of piety and contrition, declaring the justness of his sentence, his resignation to his fate, joined to his anxious hope of its proving a salutary warning to the convict population to abstain from absconding, and the career of rapine and violence to which it inevitably tends.

He had been unremitting in the study of the Bible and other pious books furnished for his use in the
gaol, and observed to the Rev. Mr. Gaud, who sat up with him on the night prior to his execution,
that he could not, a month before, have conceived the possibility of his attaining such a state of
mental composure. Nothing appeared to disturb this desirable frame of mind, but his disinclination
to suffer on the same scaffold with his inhuman fellow-culprit, Marshall…

Upon the preparations concerning Marshall being made, Reid, who was a man of fine countenance and figure, followed him with a firm step to the platform, and, on arriving there, addressed a few sentences to the spectators present, expressive of his resigned frame of mind and anxiety for the welfare of all present; at the close of which the noose was placed round his neck also, and in the midst of the renewed prayers of
the clergyman for mercy for them at the Throne of Grace, the dread signal was given, and the platform fell…

... the bodies were cut down; Reid’s for interment in the township burial ground…”

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), occupation

Dianne Jones on 21st June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 24th April, 1844 (prev. 0000)

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