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Richard Somerton

Richard Somerton, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Somerton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1771
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 13th May, 1834
Age: 63 years

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 Life

Crime: Unknown
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 194 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 393 (196)
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 19th April, 2016 wrote:

Richard arrived in VDL in 1807 per ‘King George’.

10/6/1820 The Hobart Town Gazette:
Provost Marshal’s Office, Hobart Town
Wednesday, June 7th, 1820,
WHEREAS RICHARD SOMERTON, a Debtor, of the Fat-doe River, broke out of His Majesty’s Gaol at Hobart Town, this Morning; all Constables and Peace Officers are hereby authorised to apprehend and lodge in safe Custody the said Richard Somerton, upon whose apprehension a Reward of Two Pounds will be given.

8/12/1821 The Hobart Town Gazette:
Whereas RICHARD SOMERTON, late of Hobart Town, who stands charged with divers Felonies, has absconded from his usual Place of Abode; a Reward of Twenty-five Pounds will be paid to any Person or Persons who shall apprehend the said Richard Somerton, and lodge him in His Majesty’s Gaol at Hobart Town.

Richard Somerton is conditionally emancipated; stands 5 feet 5½ inches high; dark complexion
dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, is 38 years of age, and was tried at Taunton in 1805, and sentenced to be transported for life; he was born in Somersetshire, and arrived at Port Jackson in the ship Duke of Portland, in 1807.
By Order of A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq.
Superintendant of Police,
W. ENGLISH, Clerk.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
n.d. In index to land grants in Van Diemen’s Land (Fiche 3262; 4/438 p.86)

1822 Nov 7: On list of persons at Hobart committed for trial before a Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6017; 4/5783 p.163)

1823 Feb 7-Mar 5: Sentenced to death; commuted to transportation to Macquarie Harbour. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.79)

1823 Mar 20: Tried in Hobart. Sentence commuted to transportation (Reel 6070; 4/1265 p.10)

3/3/1823 Hobart Town Gazette:
Wednesday.-This day the Court assembled at 12 o’clock ; when the following prisoners, convicted and remanded for sentence during the Sessions, were placed at the bar, and the following sentences pronounced :
OF DEATH ON —George Ray Eldridge, James Woodward, Richard Somerton, and
James Woods, for cattle stealing ; Geo. Richardson, James Smith, Robert Oldham, William Davis, Thomas Maskery, Charles Curran, Thomas Starkie, Job Rogers, & Ralph Churton, for sheep-stealing; and Joseph Byrne, for house robbery with violence.

24/5/1833 Hobart Town Courier:
Quarter Sessions last week, Richard Somerton, tried for passing away a counterfeited
sovereign, was found guilty, and sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment.

13/5/1834: Richard died at Port Arthur.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th April, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1771 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th May, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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