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Grace Stevens

Grace Stevens, one of 180 convicts transported on the Rajah, 01 April 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Grace Stevens
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1825
Occupation: Nurse girl/servant
Date of Death: 17th November, 1902
Age: 77 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing calico
Convicted at: Cornwall, Penzance Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Rajah
Departure date: 1st April, 1841
Arrival date: 19th July, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 275 (139)
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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Bernadette on 9th August, 2015 wrote:

Grace was born at the end of 1825, at Gulval, Cornwall, to Robert Stevens and Martha nee Ansell. She was baptised on 9/1/1826. Martha Stevens died in May 1826. No records show where Grace lived as a girl. In January 1840, 15 year old Grace was convicted of stealing a length of fabric from Mr Tucker, Draper of Penzance and sentenced to 3 months prison. She was tried again, for stealing a piece of cotton, from Mr Coulson’s Draper, in July 1840. Still 15, she was sentenced to 7 years transportation. She was transported on the Rajah which departed on 5 April 1841 and arrived in Hobart on 19th July 1841.
Grace was assigned to Mr J Archer of Launceston (possibly Joseph Archer of Panshanger, neighbouring property to Woolmers Estate owned by brother of Joseph) She was sentenced to 6 months hard labour at the Launceston Female Factory in February 1843 for improper intercourse with Isaac Kett, a convict stationed at Woolmers.
Grace was reassigned to the Avoca area after her release from the factory. In December 1843 an application to marry Grace, submitted by convict Charles Blight, was approved. The marriage took place in February 1844, witnesses Charles and Elizabeth Dewhurst. Grace and Charles Blight had 5 children, the youngest Emma Amelia died in June 1854. No record of death or burial has been found for Charles Blight, but in Feb 1855 Grace married the widower Charles Dewhurst. Grace and Charles Dewhurst had 5 more children. Charles died in 1887 and is buried beside his first wife Elizabeth nee Banks, in the North Down property private cemetery. Grace passed away on 17/11/1902 and is buried beside her son William Dewhurst at the Wesleyan Church in Wesley Vale (Tas).

Convict Changes History

Bernadette on 9th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1825 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th November, 1902 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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