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Mathew Russel, one of 199 convicts transported on the Maitland, 26 August 1843
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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|Date of Death:
||7th December, 1851
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 397 (200). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-76,213,144,L,80.
||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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th May, 2014 wrote:
Mathew Russell was convicted with shooting with intent - he was poaching and shot a man in the shoulder when he was overtaken. Life sentence, commuted to transportation. Transported to Australia on the ‘Maitland’ arriving 08/02/1844.
Widower, 7 children.
Native Place: nr Whitehaven, Co. of Cumberland.
Aged 58yrs; stonemason (perfect); 5’8”; ruddy complexion; chestnut eyes; grey hair;can read & write; Protestant.
Station Gang: Norfolk Island (off east coast of NSW; administed by Van Diemen’s Land).
Petitions for some mitigation of sentence from officers on Norfolk Island. To be sent to Sec of State 1846.
30/08/1846: Transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Assigned to T. Archer, “Woolmers” (lge estate nr Longford - now National Trust listed).
1848: J. Taylor, Macquarie St. Hobart.
1849: J. Bell, Argyle St.Hobart.
1849: Askin Morrison, Bushy Park.
31/03/1849: petition for remission of sentence - refused.
13/05/1851: Application for Ticket of Leave. Told to reapply in 1852.
28/06/1851: Free passage for family allowed.
07/12/1851: died at “Runnymede”, Hobart. (estate listed as National Trust)
Convict Changes History
Carol Axton-Thompson on 8th May, 2014 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 397 (200). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-76,213,144,L,80. (prev. Australian Jo