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Esther Roberts

Esther Roberts, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Esther Roberts
Aliases: Hester
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st January, 1841
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 194
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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Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

ROBERTS, Esther. Per “Northampton” 1815

1815 Jun 19

On list of female convicts on board the “Northampton”; listed as Hester (Reel 6045; 4/1732 p.158)

1815 Jul 12

To accompany John Drummond’s family to Hobart as servant (Reel 6045; 4/1733 p.164)

1815 Jul 18 - Servant to John Drummond. On list of convicts to embark on “Emu” for the Derwent (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.126)

1822 Sep 18 - On list of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land as called for by Lieutenant Governor Sorell (Reel 6009; 4/3506 p.298)


Tasmanian Record:  https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-1$init=CON13-1-1p44
List of Names of male and Female convicts, proceeding to the Derwent in H.M. Colonial Brig Emu.  Sydney 17 July 1815.

Listed under heading of “Servants &”
Alexander Laing, Servant to Mr Drummond, per Marquis of Wellington, 1815. Tried at Perth, 29 Sept 1813,  seven years.There is the number 1820/53,  which has been added to the record later, by his name.
Hester Roberts, Servant to Mr Drummond, per Northampton, 1815; tried at Warwick Aug 1814, Life or seven years.


Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 wrote:

On 19 March 1816 Alexander Laing married Esther Robertson.

Alexander Laing was Scottish, a soldier and later in Tasmania a District Police Constable in the Sorell district, but also. importantly, a musician (fiddler) and composer.

In Tasmania in his later years, he kept a diary, and in 1867 he wrote some memoirs, which covered over his convict past.  Instead, as described in the book “Tasmania’s Convicts: How Felons Built a Free Society ” by Alison Alexander, at page 250, Laing recorded “... that he had signed up for 7 years with the Gordon Highlanders and received and honourable discharge in 1813; that he had then ‘engaged with a gentleman in Edinburgh to go out with him to Van Diemen’s Land as his gardener and overseer.’ However the true story was that he did enlist with Gordon Highlanders, but in 1813 was found guilty of theft and transported for seven years.  As well, he recorded that he worked for various employers in the Sorell District - which was true to some extent, but in reality he was an assigned servant. He was a constable in the 1820’s (still under sentence)  but not a Chief Constable as he claimed.

Death of Alexander LAing’s wife:
1st January 1841, Esther Laing, of Sorell, buried from Catholic Church, Richmond, Tasmania.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Hester, gender: m

Maureen Withey on 19th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st January, 1841 (prev. 0000)

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