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Robert Spick

Robert Spick, one of 400 convicts transported on the Tortoise, 28 September 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Spick
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Nottingham Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Tortoise
Departure date: 28th September, 1841
Arrival date: 19th February, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 387 (195)
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

Beth Wagstaff on 6th October, 2018 wrote:

This was not Robert’s first offence, having already been found guilty on 5 other charges and acquitted on 2. He gained his certificate of freedom in Tasmania 20 October 1847 . . . then disappeared.  Any information gratefully accepted.

D Wong on 7th October, 2018 wrote:

23/10/1840 Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties Nottinghamshire, England:

ROBERT SPICK, aged 33, to stealing on the 6th of October instant, a dead fowl, the property of Joseph Scorar. —To be transported for seven years.

Robert Spick was listed as 36 years old on arrival in VDL - Native Place: Bruton.

Previous convictions; once 2 months for cheese; acquitted for beef; waistcoat acquitted; stockins 6 months; 3 times in prison for drunkeness and fined.

Married with 4 children.
Wife, Ann at Notts.
1 Brother

Robert was 5’4¼” tall, can read, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, no whiskers, grey eyes, bottle jug and glass 2 pipes W.R/or K ???J above elbow left arm.

22/8/1845: TOL
20/10/1847: Free by Servitude
11/11/1847: Certificate.

Birthdate is Circa.  Found no records of him after 1847.

Convict Changes History

Beth Wagstaff on 6th October, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 7th October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000)

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