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Benjamin Walters

Benjamin Walters, one of 200 convicts transported on the Earl Spencer, May 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Walters
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Earl Spencer
Departure date: May, 1813
Arrival date: 9th October, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 100
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

Anonymous on 25th July, 2012 wrote:

Benjamin Walters was transported for holding up a pub and stealing the days takings.  Richard Wise was on the same ship.  On 13/10/1817 Benjamim arrived in VDL per the Emu and was sent to Port Dalrymple.  He was there when Richard Wise arrived in 1821 after being granted land in VDL.

Benjamin married Richard Wise’s daughter Eliza Ann Wise in 1823.  They had 15 children.

1842 Census: he was in Norfolk Plains and was a farmer.

29/9/1859 Benjamin died at Longford Tasmania aged 68.

Frances Eliza Hutchinson on 8th June, 2018 wrote:

Richard WISE and Benjamin WALTERS arrived in Sydney on Earl Spencer, on 9 Oct 1813.
Richard was convicted of smuggling 50 gallons of rum; when my husband heard about this he wanted to know if there was any left. He left a wife and 4 children in England, they followed him out here in 1815, and they had three more here in Australia. He was granted land in Van Diemen’s Land and took the family there in 1821. His referee on his land grant application describes him as a sober, decent citizen, so he obviously hadn’t sampled his merchandise in a while.
Benjamin was convicted of holding up a pub and stealing the day’s takings; copper coins, promissory notes and the like. He was sent straight from Sydney to Van Diemen’s Land and was there when Richard arrived. He married Richard’s daughter Eliza Ann, and they became my 3great-grandparents.

Maureen Withey on 17th December, 2019 wrote:

Does this notice put in the Launceston Advertiser, 1 June 1829, relate to the same Benjamin Walters?

I DO hereby caution the Public not to give credit to my wife ELIZA ANN WALTERS, as I will pay no debts she may contract after this date.
Norfolk Plains,
May 21st 1829.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 25th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1791-00-00, date of death 1859-00-00, gender m

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