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Moses Sadden

Moses Sadden, one of 400 convicts transported on the Tortoise, 28 September 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Moses Sadden
Aliases: Seddon, Robert Hayes
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Coal miner
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Tortoise
Departure date: 28th September, 1841
Arrival date: 19th February, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 400 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 388
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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D Wong on 10th January, 2017 wrote:

21/1/1841 Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard Staffordshire, England:
Moses Sadden, and Henry Hope for assaulting Samuel Sumner on the highway, near Hampton, and stealing from his person seventeen sovereigns and some silver.

Henry Hope was on board the ‘Tortoise’.

Moses was 21 years old on arrival. He was baptised 30 Sept 1821 Ellenbrook Chapel Worsley Lancashire.- he was 5’5” tall, sandy hair, blue eyes, reads, single, protestant, blue mark between eyebrows, heart and anchor on right arm, brown spot under left eye, tattoos on left arm.

Father: Henry
Mother: Mary Cheatham
6 brothers, 3 sisters - there were actually 15 children in all.

29/1/1850: TOL
20/8/1850: TOL revoked - being idle about town.
4/2/1851: TOL restored but not to reside in Hobart Town.

17/5/1856 The Argus, Melbourne:
Robert Hayes, alias Moses Sadden, apprehended by Detective Randall on the same charge, was also brought up yesterday. The officer stated that the prisoner received a sentence of fifteen years in the year 1841. It was also alleged against him, that he had been in the colony four years, and consequently must have absconded before his sentence had legally expired. The prisoner admitted the term of the first sentence, but pleaded that he became free in March last. The Bench directed him to be remanded to Van Diemen’s Land.

He was a coal and gold miner in Tasmania.
HERESAY: The story goes; that he was that he was blown away to Port Phillip in a gale off the Schouten Islands.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th January, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Seddon, alias2: Robert Hayes, date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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