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Richard Towser

Richard Towser, one of 184 convicts transported on the Phoenix, November 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Towser
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Larceny from a person
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: November, 1821
Arrival date: 20th May, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 117 (60)
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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Ann Marie Gould on 24th March, 2020 wrote:

From Bath, somerset

D Wong on 25th March, 2020 wrote:

Richard Towser was listed as 20 years old on arrival.

Richard was 5’1½” tall, brown hair, light blue eyes, Slight pockpitted RT & Anchor on rt arm.

Brother: John, a labourer at Bath.

1830 Muster: Assigned to Mr. Ross
1832-35 Musters: TOL

18/3/1834 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Richard Towser was discharged on payment of costs, for keeping a licensed dray without having his name, place of abode, and the number of the license
painted thereon.

3/10/1834 Trumpeter General, Hobart:
October, 1st. 1834.
Richard Towser, ticket-of-leave man, was fined five shillings for drunkenness, and a promise of suspension of his indulgence, upon a repetition of his offence.

2/9/1836: CP

27/6/1837 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Richard Towser was charged with stealing two trusses of hay, and was remanded for further examination.
Found Not Guilty.

30/7/1839 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Samuel Gaskin, Matthew Oaks, John Davis, and Richard Towser, committed for stealing wheat, the propertyu of Mr. Lackey, were placed at the bar.____Towser to be transported for the term of seven years…Matthew Oakes to be imprisoned in the lGaol of Hobart Town for the period of twelve months__you will not be kept there, but will be taken therefrom and worked upon the roads in chains.

Richard was sent to Port Arthur for 2 years.

28/2/1844: (Newspaper date) First Class Probationary Pass.

6/10/1846: CP extended to all colonies.

Convict Changes History

Ann Marie Gould on 24th March, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 25th March, 2020 made the following changes:


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