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Henry Rice

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Rice
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 13th August, 1829
Age: 36 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: Burglary
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bencoolen
Departure date: 24th April, 1819
Arrival date: 25th August, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 83 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi
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D Wong on 1st October, 2016 wrote:

Henry rice was 26 years old on arrival and was transported for ‘Burglary and Robbery.

Henry was born in Gory, Wexford County, the son of Terrence and Margaret - he was 5’9” tall, red brown hair, brown eyes, HHB 14 Jany 1791 rt arm & number of others on left.

23/5/1823 Hobart Town Gazette:
A mode of building has been recently introduced here, which is said to have been carried to great perfection in some countries in Europe. The substance used is earth, sprinkled with water sufficiently to admit of its being rammed into a solid mass. A mould, about seven feet long, is used; and the thickness even for two stories is said not to exceed 14 or l8 inches.
The result is a warm and durable house.
We recommend all those who are desirous of building with expedition to look to this mode of constructing their houses at first; a specimen of which may be seen at the Coal River, on the farm of Henry Rice, now let to Mr. J. Evans, who has erected the house alluded to; and we should feel obliged to any one, conversant with
this mode of building, who would favour us with particular information as to the execution of it; which we shall be happy to publish for the benefit of those who are about to settle, and to whom such information may be so useful.

19/11/1824 Hobart Town Gazette:
Another Inquest was held on Tuesday, before the same Coroner, on view of the body of Mary Davis, a young woman whose death occurred the preceding night, under the following lamentable
circumstances :—Henry Rice, a farmer residing at Glenarchy, deposed, that the deceased, who arrived in the Colony by the Mary Ann, was his housekeeper, by whom he had an infant, nearly a
year old. They all left Hobart Town on the preceding evening with a cart and four bullocks, one of which was unruly. The deceased with the child were in the cart, and witness was imprudently riding on the front, with his feet on the pole, when the accident happened ; witness turned the cart off the high road to save his bullocks’ feet,
as the road had been newly made with stone. “One of the wheels struck a tree —the unruly bullock pulled on, and overturned the cart ; witness then called the deceased, obtained no reply, but heard
the baby scream, and on looking under the tail board, found the deceased covered with blood, and her bonnet broken—
she was lifeless. Witness took the child from her arm, and in agony cried ” murder !” After which, he scarcely knowing what he did, loosened the oxen, and two men, named Michael Wade and Hugh McShane, with some others, came up.
The witness and the deceased were sober, though they had been drinking.
Wade and McShane confirmed Rice’s statement of the manner in which the unfortunate woman lay at the time they heard the cry ; and Mr. Henry Crocket, an assistant Surgeon, who examined the
deceased, proved, that she had an extensive wound in the forehead, with a fracture reaching from the right temple to the back of the head, which he considered to have caused her death, and to have been produced by some heavy pressure.
Verdict—Accidental Death.

No marriage registration found - the child was Johanna Maria Rice, born in 1824 - registered Hobart.

3/11/1827: Married Mary/Maria McShane/McShean at St Davids, Hobart - he was listed as 34.  They had 1 son, Henry John Rice 1829 born Sydney and died 1888, Tasmania.

24/11/1827: Bound over to keep the peace toward Owen Wade for 3 months.
18/7/1828: Illegally retailing - fined £50 and costs.
16/1/1828: Illegalling retailing - fined £10 and costs.

21/6/1828 Hobart Town Courier:
ANY Person found trespassing on my Farm, containing 160 Acres, situated in the district of Glenarchy, by cutting wood, grazing cattle, &c. shall be dealt with according to law. [Glenorchy]
June 18, 1828.

13/8/1829: Henry Rice died in Sydney - son John born in Sydney.

Mary McShane must have returned to Tasmania, she had family there and on 23/12/1847 married Bernard Fox (minerva 1817) and had two more children.  Mary died 3/6/1890 at Hobart.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st October, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi (prev. ), firstname: Henry, surname: Rice, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1793, date of death: 13th August, 1829, gender: m, oc

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