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Henry Wells

Henry Wells, one of 320 convicts transported on the John Barry, 07 September 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Wells
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 29th September, 1891
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a gown etc.
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: John Barry
Departure date: 7th September, 1835
Arrival date: 17th January, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 320 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 145 (75)
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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Leigh Ryan on 31st August, 2013 wrote:

Henry William Wells
Received Certificate of Freedom 1842
Son of George Wells and Mary Ann Wells
Husband of Sarah Ann Wells nee Blackmore m 1849
Father of Elizabeth Anne Wells; Harriet McGauchie; Mary jane Wells; Hannah Wells; Daniel Wells; Mary Ann Wells; Alfred John Wells; Thomas Francis Wells; Henry William Wells; Charles Wells; Herbert Wells and William Charles Wells

Leigh Ryan on 3rd June, 2014 wrote:

Buried at Watchem Cemetery C of E, Watchem, Victoria

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. Tuesday 10 August 1875



Mr. Henry Wells, of the Bet Bet, who has just returned from the Palmer gold-fields, is the bearer of as melancholy a tale as ever thrilled the district or plunged a family in grief. He relates that while on the road from the Palmer to Cooktown, Queensland, on the 8th of July, a person who keeps a small store at the Tura river asked his assistance to attend two men who had camped there and were very ill. On entering their tent Wells found them lying side by side, and evidently dying. He first raised one of them to a sitting posture, and endeavoured to make him drink,but the man was too far gone to swallow anything. On taking hold of the other, Mr. Wells exclaimed, “Oh ! my God, this is young Barnes, of Avoca.” The dying man evidently recognised Wells. He attempted to speak, but his lips only quivered. The other man died almost immediately, and Barnes in about five hours afterwards. The deceased, Mr. James Barnes, son of Mr, William Barnes, of No, 2 Creek, left Avoca for the Palmer gold-fields some 13 weeks since. A letter was received from him about a fortnight ago, stating that he had been prospecting, but he did not speak of coming home. The remaining particulars Mr. Wells gleaned from the storekeeper on the Tura, to the effect that on the previous day, Mr, Barnes’s mate, a man named Trenear, was taken Suddenly and dangerously ill, and, unfortunately, there was at the time no means of conveying him to Cooktown. Remaining to succour his mate, Mr. Barnes, as related, fell a victim to the same malady-that fatal fever, most probably, to which the strongest succumb often after a few hours’ illness in the semi-tropical and unwholesome climate of the northern gold-fields. The deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, who are well-known and highly-respected farmers and miners in the district. Under such melancholy circumstances the only consolation that can be offered to them is, that both men died with out apparent pain, and that Mr. Clegg (of Mountain Hut), Mr. Wells. Mr. Blackmoor, and others, who were on the spot next day, saw them decently interred near the Tura river. A lock of poor Barnes’s hair, his watch, and some other valuables, were handed over to the sorrowing family by Mr. Wells, on Tuesday last.

Also of note is that many members of this family, Wells/Blackmore/McGauchie/Perry/Coats/Hammond Boocock Ryan and numerous others mined quite successfully on the Palmer for Gold or in the Irvinebank, Herberton areas out of Atherton QLD for Tin and Silver and in the Golden Triangle and Ovens mining districts and were well known in the Mudgee District Goldfields, or alternatively ran General stores or Hotels, some returned successfully to farming others lost their lives in pursuit of those shiny metals, all the time raising a hoard of children and helping to build this country.

Convict Changes History

Leigh Ryan on 31st August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1819, date of death 29th September, 1891, gender, occupation, crime

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