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Martha Turner

Martha Turner, one of 100 convicts transported on the Princess Royal, 07 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Turner
Aliases: Buck
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Princess Royal
Departure date: 6th January, 1829
Arrival date: 9th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 501 (252)
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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Tony Beale on 8th October, 2021 wrote:

Martha Turner in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-1839
Name: Martha Turner
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1811
Age: 19
Arrival year: 1829
Arriving Vessel: John Barry 1
Spouse Name: Thomas Buck
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1800
Spouse Age: 30
Spouse Arrival Year: 1819
Spouse Vessel: Prss Royal (2)
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 13 Feb 1830
Application Place: Saint James Church, New South Wales, Australia
Martha: Assigned to Mrs Glew who consented
Thomas: Brush maker ToL


New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Martha Turner Ticket of leave butts (NRS 12202) dated 18/12/1837 no 37/1927 In Sydney. Cancelled for living in a state of adultery

Tony Beale on 8th October, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online

1660. MARTHA TURNER was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of July , 1 sovereign and a 5l. note, the property of Joseph Jones , from his person .

JOSEPH JONES. I am a seafaring man . On the 9th of July, at half-past six o’clock in the evening, I was at a public-house in St. George’s in the East, having a pint of beer; the prisoner, whom I had never seen before, came and asked my leave to drink out of my pot, as she was thirsty - I gave her leave; after drinking she asked which way I was going - I said towards the Commercial-road; she said she was going that way, and walked on by my side, at times behind and before; when she came to Cabel-street she said, “I live up here, I have something to shew you which is quite a curiosity - I went with her; she unlocked the door, and as soon as I got in she said, “Ayn’t you going to treat me;” I said, “Is that your curiosity, I have no money, I think” - she said, “I know you have;” I put my hand into my pocket, and found I had some; she came round, and put her hand into my left hand pocket, in which I had a sovereign and a 5l. Bank note - she took it out, flew out of the door, and knocked my hat off; I saw the note in her hand, and while I stooped to pick up my hat she was out of my sight; I saw no more of her till next evening, when I got an officer, and found her in a public-house; as soon as she saw me she tried to run away - the officer flew after her, caught hold of her, and she was secured; I have not found my property.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. You never saw her before? A. No - I am a married man; I did not go there for any improper purpose - I was allured into her room - it is a lower room; I was not tipsy; I found her next night in the same public-house - my hand was on the note when she was unlocking the door; I had received the money from a carpenter that morning.

RICHARD CARTER . I am an officer of the Thames Police. The prosecutor came on the 10th, and stated this case - he pointed the prisoner out in the White Lion public-house; I took her - he had described her to me.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Life

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 8th October, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Buck, date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Tony Beale on 8th October, 2021 made the following changes:


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