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Robert Robinson

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Robinson
Aliases: Robertson
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: Ireland, Wexford
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 25th May, 1819
Arrival date: 26th August, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849
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Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 wrote:

TRIED: Lent 1818 (see NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849).

Dianne Jones on 26th July, 2020 wrote:

1819: Robert ROBINSON 31, 5’11”, fair sallow complexion, light sandy hair and hazel eyes (see NSW, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842; Bound Indentures 1818-1819).

Dianne Jones on 2nd August, 2020 wrote:

1822, 29 June: Robert ROBINSON per Mary 1 assigned to John McKan, Castlereagh Street, Sydney (see NSW, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Alphabetical List of Convicts; List of Assigned Convicts Non-Mechanics, 1822-1824).

1825: Robert ROBINSON – convict – Mary 1819, labourer Sydney (see NSW and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849, New South Wales General muster M-Z 1825).

Dianne Jones on 6th August, 2020 wrote:

1825, 3 March: Robert ROBINSON – Certificate of Freedom #49/3277 – convicted Wexford, Lent 1818, 7 years; native place Co Wicklow; labourer; 37, 5’10½”, ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes [that are] weak, nearly blind (see NSW, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867). Remarks: Had a Ticket of Leave No 45/979 now delivered up and cancelled.

1839: Robert ROBINSON was sentenced to be transported to Norfolk Island, by the Supreme Court, 6 Nov 1839, for life, according to a notation on his Certificate of Freedom #49/3277.

Dianne Jones on 6th August, 2020 wrote:

1839, 9 November: The following story appeared in The Colonist, p2:
“Domestic Intelligence. Supreme Court Criminal Side… Wednesday, November 6… Before Mr Justice Willis.

“Robert Robertson, an old man, nearly blind, was found guilty of rape on a child [she was named as Jane Morgan, aged 14, in the Sydney Gazette] about eleven years of age [on 23 September]. She came from Concord to Sydney with the prisoner; he made her tipsy on the road home, pulled her out of the cart, and perpetrated the crime [at Iron Cove Bridge, according to the Sydney Gazette]. Guilty.

“The Jury recommended the prisoner to mercy on account of his age and infirmity [and a “good character from Mr. G. T. Nichols, the Solicitor, who had known him for sixteen years”]. The learned Judge sentenced him to be transported for life. Had it not been for the recommendation of the Jury he should have sentenced him to death and most probably the sentence would have been carried into execution.”

When was Robert ROBINSON sent to Norfolk Island? The Nautilus 2 (master HF Alloway) from Dublin arrived at Norfolk Island in 1840 with 178 convicts from Dublin and 21 from Sydney, according to Wikipedia. Robert Robinson may have been one of the prisoners from Sydney. However, a check of the Nautilus’s Convict Indents shows only one Robert Robinson, aged 38, who was tried in Dublin in 1839 and sentenced to seven years for bigamy.

Dianne Jones on 8th February, 2021 wrote:

1844, 20 January: At Norfolk Island – Robert ROBERTSON, per Mary, convicted in the Supreme Court, Sydney, on 6 November 1839 and sentenced to life for rape, is on a list of prisoners deemed “Invalids and Ineffective” and recommended for removal to Sydney.

He is described as “aged 80, very infirm”. He arrived on Norfolk Island on 5 January 1840 (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891; Norfolk Island: Returns of Convicts to NSW, 1844-1845).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1790-1849 (prev. ), firstname: Robert, surname: Robinson, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1788, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupatio

Dianne Jones on 8th July, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, crime

Dianne Jones on 8th February, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Robertson

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