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Charles Wellings

Charles Wellings, one of 220 convicts transported on the Commodore Hayes, April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Wellings
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: 17th January, 1872
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Desertion from the army'
Convicted at: Grenada Court Martial
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Commodore Hayes
Departure date: April, 1823
Arrival date: 16th August, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 218 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 34
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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Anonymous on 24th May, 2011 wrote:

Age 26
served time as a flagellator

Anonymous on 14th June, 2011 wrote:

well i am studing on charles wellings and we are being that person and we need to have a to have a ticket of

Anonymous on 14th June, 2011 wrote:

charles wellings died of cancer….......

He was aged 22 when he arrived at hobart

Janine Morrissey on 24th April, 2012 wrote:

I have nothing to add really but I am very intrigued about Charles and what he was court marshalled for in Grenada. He received life, so it must have been a serious offence. I am a descendant of a John Welling/Wellings and came across the name of Charles Wellings on a recent trip to Port Arthur, Tasmania.  As there were only 4 convicts with the surname of Wellings and only 11 convicts with the name of Welling transported to the Colony, I am wondering if my John and Charles were related in any way.  Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. Cheers…...Janine

D Wong on 9th March, 2017 wrote:

Charles Wellings was born in Chester, England.  He was in the 9th Regiment which was stationed in Jamaica.

Charles was 26 years old on arrival - he was 5’6 1/2” tall, light blue eyes, red hair, single, Man Woman & flag on left arm NE on right, broken nose.

March 17th,1825.
Charles Wellings, 527, 5 ft. 6½ in. red
hair, light blue eyes, 28 years of age,
soldier, tried at Grenada Oct. 12, 1821
sentence life, borm at Chester, arrived in
this Colony per Commodore Hayes 1822
man, woman, and flag on left arm, N. E. on
right arm, broken nose, absconded from
Prisoners’ Barracks Jan. 19, 1825.

12/8/1826 Hobart Town Gazette:
Charles Wellings, who lately absconded from custody, was apprehended the other day up to the neck in water, with stolen property in the Town rivulet.

1828: Charles Wellings, being a flagellator, robbed the Field Police supply hut at Oatlands and burned all the cat o’ nine tails. Sent to the chain gang for 12 months. (He received many lashes himself.  His conduct record extends to four pages - refusing to work, insubordination, Larceny, having tobacco etc.)

1830 Muster: Public Works
1832-35 Musters: Transported to Port Arthur.

25/3/1848 Hobarton Guardian:
Charles Wellings was charged with keeping a common house of ill fame, known by the sign of the Rat
Catcher, in Bathurst Street, committed to take his trial at the Quarter Sessions.

30/5/1848 Colonial Times, Hobart:
The only other cases worthy of notice were two that were tried on Saturday, the sessions extending to that day, those of Charles Wellings and Elizabeth Naylor, both of whom were respectively charged and convicted of keeping a disorderly house, in short, a brothel, both being situated in Bathurst-street, and in that part of it called Cloudy Bay. Both cases were clearly substantiated by evidence unfit for publication, and each prisoner received sentence of two years’ imprisonment-Wellings in her Majesty’s gaol Hobart Town, and Naylor in the Female House
of Correction.

1856: Still in Bathurst Street.

17/1/1872: Charles died, aged 81, of Cancer, at the Cascade Pauper Establishment.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 17th January, 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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