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Robert Wells

Robert Wells, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Wells
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1762
Occupation: Barber
Date of Death: 22nd September, 1845
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1019 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 113 (58)
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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D Wong on 10th May, 2014 wrote:

Robert Wells arrived per “The Atlantic” which was in the company of Mary Anne, Matilda, Salamander. William & Ann, HMS Gorgon, Active, Abermarle, Brittania, Queen, and Admiral Barrington.

Old Bailey Middlesex 28th October 1789.
Robert Wells, William How, John Giles and Joseph Inkins were indicted for stealing, on the 3rd day of October, four pieces of flannel, commonly called long ells, value £6., the property of William Dawson, William Atkinson and George Brown.

20/1/1793: Married Sussanah Nairn/Riley (Kitty 1792) they had 1 daughter, Esther born 8/6/1796.  Sussanah died 25/3/1814.

6/6/1814: Married Sarah Longhurst (Wanstead 1814) and had 4 children.  Sarah died 24/9/1829.

Then had a relationship with Sarah Lawson (Northampton 1815).

Return of Proceedings at the Court House Parramatta 16.1.1826: Robert Wells free servant to John Piesely was bought forward on a charge of stealing sugar from the premises of his Master - Robert was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Robert was employed as a barber at Parramatta and then as a labourer.

22/9/1845: Robert died and was buried at St John’s, Parramatta.

I also found birth dates of 1751 and ages at death of 83 and 94.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1762 (prev. 0000), date of death: 22nd September, 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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