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Henry White

Henry White, one of 160 convicts transported on the Earl St Vincent, 20 April 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry White
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Doctor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl St Vincent
Departure date: 20th April, 1826
Arrival date: 13th August, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 9 (6)
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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Johnny White on 19th October, 2013 wrote:

Henry landed in Hobart but was miraculously transferred to Sydney on the “Portland”, arriving in Port Jackson on the 12th September, 1826. It is thought that someone was looking out for him.

D Wong on 19th October, 2013 wrote:

Henry White was 43 years old on arrival in VDL.
Henry was married with 4 children.

Henry was 5’10” tall, light grey eyes, brown hair, high temples, small scar o left eyebrow, 2 fingers of left hand cripples, middle finger of right hand crippled, he says gout.  Henry was a surgeon with a private practice in London.

28/8/1826: A letter to the Colonial Secretary, NSW from the Earl of St Vincent, River Derwent, James McKerrow, Surgeon Superintendent - re Henry White (also spelt Whyte) proceeding to Sydney, enclosed was a note re conduct.

From Free Settler or Felon Website:
The Government Gazette of 1832 lists Henry White arriving in Australia on the Portland and Earl St. Vincent convict transports. The Earl St. Vincent arrived in Hobart in 1826.

Henry White was employed as a surgeon in London. He was involved in the South Sea Company and was accused of forging signatures. His trial took place at the Old Bailey on 15th September 1825 and he pleaded guilty to the lesser of three charges of forging a signature of a witness and was sentenced to 7 years transportation.

He was first sent to a government farm at Emu Plains and then as assistant surgeon to an expedition to Western Port. The Westernport Settlement was established on November 24th, 1826 and abandoned on February 27th, 1828.

His health suffered and when the Westernport settlement was abandoned he was sent to Port Stephens to be assigned to the Australian Agricultural Company.

He was at Port Stephens in the years 1830 - 1832 and referred to by Company Commissioner Sir Edward Parry as ‘troublesome’. In February 1832 he was transferred to Mr. Cox in Maitland, possibly in exchange for William Whitelaw, and later that year returned to Port Stephens.

His sentenced ended in October 1832 and he entered private practice, settling eventually at Windsor. He married in November 1842 to Mary Ann Townshend, the daughter of a prominent landowner. He is said to have fought a duel with an army captain around this time.

He discovered rich load of copper in March 1845.

Margaret White on 31st October, 2013 wrote:

I believe the Earl St Vincent arrived in Hobart on 13 August 1826.

Belinda Harris on 27th January, 2014 wrote:

Henry White was employed as a surgeon with the Royal Surrey Militia in 1813, it was disbanded in 1816.

He had set himself up as a surgeon in Windsor by 1836, and was still there in 1853. 

He was definitely dead by 1874 [marriage notice of daughter Henrietta].

Glenn Townsend on 18th June, 2019 wrote:

Re: Death of Dr Henry White - An advertisement was placed in the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 June 1854, looking for a doctor / surgeon to replace the recently deceased, Dr Henry White, in Windsor.

Source: SMH, 3 June 1854 p.5

Convict Changes History

Johnny White on 19th October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1784, gender, occupation, crime

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