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Charles Thorp, one of 170 convicts transported on the Georgiana, 24 November 1828
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
24th November, 1828
20th April, 1829
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 169 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 536
||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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Anonymous on 15th September, 2012 wrote:
Charles Walter Horace Thorp/Thorpe was 30 years old when indicted for stealing 1 watch, value Â£100 from, the dwelling house of Abramhan Harrison Dry.
He was sentenced to death, but pleaded that he was in poverty and so was transported to VDL. Seemed to be quite well educated.
23/5/1829: Appointed as a Constable. He then said he was attacked whilst on duty at the Government House, and so received an early TOL. 21/8/1832.
1832: Married Martha Dudley (Free)
After receiving his CP in 1835, Charles took his wife and child to Sydney.
While in Sydney, Charles worked for Mr W McDonald as an overseer at Woolloomooloo.
10/12/1835: Sydney Herald.
Charles Thorpe, had presented a bill of exchange for Â£132 at the Bank of NSW, against the account of Mr McDonald. The bill had been cashed, but shortly afterwards it was found to be a forgery. Thorpe was no where to be found, but they found he had taken passage in the "Susannah" for London. He wife and child were on board already under the name of Williams.
Several hours after the Susannah had sailed a Constable and crew were despatched in a whale boat after the ship. About 6 miles from the heads, they came up to a pilot boat and found Thorpe on board. He was arrested and then transhipped back to Sydney. It was found at the trial that he had actually left his wife and child behind at Mr McDonald’s, and was leaving with Mrs Williams.
14/12/1835: Sydney Herald.
Charles Walter Horace Thorpe was found guilty of forgery and sentence to Life transportation back to VDL.
However, in the Sydney Gazette dated April 23, 1839 I found him in the absconders list;
Thorp Charles, Georgiana, 37, Nottingham, warehouseman, 5’8" tall, florid comp., brown hair, grey eyes, red whiskers, visage long, forehead wide and perpendicular, from His Majesty’s Hulk, Phoenix, since November 11, 1836, while under sentence of transportation for life.
They were still looking for him in 1840 and beyond.
Convict Changes History
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