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Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders, one of 172 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 08 April 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Saunders
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 15th October, 1888
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Somerset Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 8th April, 1821
Arrival date: 27th July, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 24
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 wrote:

Robert Saunders was born in Cheddington, Dorsetshire, England to Robert and Elizabeth Saunders, they had 16 children.

20/12/1818: Robert married Joan Haynes in St Peters church Long Bredy, Dorsetshire, they had 2 children, John 1819 and Robert Hann 1820.

Robert was transported for ‘stealing chickens’ in Yeovil. This was his third time to appear before the courts.

Robert was 5’7 ½” tall, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair, pockpitted.

Assigned to a Mr J Fletcher.

24/4/1828: CP

28/3/1836: Married Ann Clancy in Longford, Tasmania

Robert and Ann moved to Evandale, Tasmania around 1840 before spending a short period at Campbell Town. Robert and Ann went on to have thirteen children.

Robert was the sexton at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Evandale for over 50 years and was a well known identity in the town.

Robert died on the 15th of October 1888 in Evandale, Tasmania. He is buried at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Evandale.

Ann died on the 23rd of February 1897. She was 83 years old. Both are buried in an unmarked grave in the front of the church on the left.

18/10/1888 Launceston Examiner:
It is my painful duty to chronicle the demise, on Sunday night, of one of our oldest colonists, Mr. Robert Saunders, in his 107th year.
He arrived in this colony at Hobart in the year 1819, by the ship Countess of Harcourt. His wife, who survives him, has enjoyed 53 years of married life.

The deceased was one of a family of 16, and is said to have been born in Chsesterton, Dorsetshire, England in the year 1780.
He leaves seven out of a family of 13 children, and by a former marriage in England he left two sons, who would be about 70 years of age if alive. He was sensible up to the last, and only a few days prior to his death lie bought his usual
quantity of groceries from the shop and carried the parcel home with his own hand.

The remains of the deceased will be interred to-morrow in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

The old man will be greatly missed, as he was considered by all the residents to be an old identity. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for upwards of 50 years. In his early days
he walked from Launceston to Hobart when there was not more than two or three houses between these towns, and he told “Your Own” that there were only two houses in Evandale when he arrived here.

greg saunders on 8th June, 2016 wrote:

there is no record that states Roberts parents or his birth date

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 13th September, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 5th November, 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th October, 1888 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

greg saunders on 8th June, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 0000 (prev. 5th November, 1797)

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