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Charles Watson

Charles Watson, one of 158 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 July 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Watson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Draftsman
Date of Death: 11th November, 1849
Age: 52 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Receiving
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 25th July, 1827
Arrival date: 30th November, 1827
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 157 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 236
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 3rd February, 2012 wrote:

Charles Watson was my 3 x Great Grandfather. At his arrest he was described as the Manager of a Steam Engine and a Draftsman. He is credited with overseeing the construction by convict labour, of 5 of the first 7 Lighthouses in Tasmania.  Namely at Deal Island, Swan Island, Goose Island, Low Head and Bruny Island.  He is mentioned in the book "From Dusk Till Dawn" about Lighthouses in Tasmania.

Pamela Hallett on 22nd December, 2012 wrote:

Charles Watson was placed in charge of convict gangs which were responsible for building 5 of the first 7 lighthouses in Tasmania.  They were the Lighthouses on Deal Island, Swan Island, Goose Island, Cape Bruny and Low Head. He was granted a conditional pardon after serving 7 years, but it was never made unconditional and he died a sick and broken man and was buried in the convict section of the Launceston Hospital cemetery.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 3rd February, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Pamela Hallett on 22nd December, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1797, date of death 11th November, 1849

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