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Robert Welch

Robert Welch, one of 150 convicts transported on the Royal Sovereign, 29 August 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Welch
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Blacksmith's labourer
Date of Death: 1883
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster. Liverpool Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Royal Sovereign
Departure date: 29th August, 1837
Arrival date: 9th January, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 132. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Indent pg 127 http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON27-1-7,188,127,L,80; Conduct record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-48,226,36,S,80. http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON18-1-1,283,126,L,80 Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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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Mark Throckmorton on 8th September, 2013 wrote:

I have recently found a 1855 prison record for Robert Throckmorton my great grandfather x3. In the prison record in previous history it mentions that Robert Throckmorton was transported to Australia on the Royal Sovereign in 1837 arriving in 1838 under the name Robert Welsh ( Welch )

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th September, 2013 wrote:

N.B. There are 3 Robert Welch’s recorded as convicts in the Tasmanian Archives.

Robert Welch was convicted at Liverpool, England on 24 Oct 1836 for stealing a watch, handkerchief and money. 14 yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Royal Sovereign’, arriving 8/1/1839.

Single man; 5’4”(or 5’2 1/2”); aged 19yrs; Blacksmith’s labourer; native place of birth: Liverpool, England; grey eyes; dk brown hair; sallow complexion;

1844 at Campbell Town (Tasmania)
1845 at Swansea (east coast Tasmania)

Ticket of Leave 10/02/1844 (ref. Conduct Book &
Colonial Times 20 Feb 1844 newspaper:
Comptroller-General’s Office, 14th Feb., 1844. 
The Lieutenant-Govcrnor has been pleased to grant Tickets-of-Leave to the under-mentioned Convicts :— Robert Welch, Royal Sovereign.”

Recommended for a Conditional Pardon in the Australian Colony 21/10/1845.

Mark Throckmorton on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

Some of the information Carol has put on here is wrong,Robert arrived in Australia 9/1/1838.And the records she mentions for the three Robert Welch`s are all for the same Robert Welch ( Robert Throckmorton ).

Mark Throckmorton on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

All three Robert Welch records are for Robert Welch who arrived on the Royal Sovereign 9/1/1838.

Convict Changes History

Mark Throckmorton on 8th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817, gender

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th September, 2013 made the following changes:

source, occupation, crime

Mark Throckmorton on 9th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 1883

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