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Details for the convict Henry Hunt (1821)

Convict Name:Henry Hunt
Trial Place:Stafford Quarter Sessions
Trial Date:12 July 1820
Sentence:7 years
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Arrival Year:1821
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Henry Hunt was born on 3 November 1793 at Repton, Derbyshire to parents Henry Hunt and Ann Browne. His occupation was described as a ‘cotton dresser’ who prepares, treats or otherwise dresses some form of cloth. In the factory hot liquid sizing made of flour & corn starch was applied to the cotton yarns which were then passed through rollers to dry.

Deteriorating employment conditions for textile workers may have led to Henry abandoning work for theft, as he had been imprisoned four times.

On 12 July 1820 at Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, Henry was convicted for seven years for Grand Larceny of a large quantity of bobbins & cotton yarn from John Peel & Co. of Burton-upon-Trent. He was sent to the Prison Hulk "Retribution" in August until his departure for Australia in November. He was described as “five feet 8½ inches tall, with dark hair, eyes, and complexion”.

He arrived in Sydney on the convict ship "Dick" on 12 Mar 1821, was put to work on the roads and received his Certificate of Freedom on 1 July 1827. Eighteen months later, another copy was issued dated 16 Jan 1829, the original being ‘returned mutilated’.

He married Mary Ann Elliot, daughter of John and Cecily Close on 14 Jul 1837 at Dapto, Illawarra. He also took up a grant of Land of 100 acres in 1841 that had been part of the Veteran allotments for soldiers located on Dapto Creek and Mullet Creek. Part of the land is now the site of the Grange Golf Club and the Kembla Grange Race Track.

He died on 30 Aug 1853 at Dapto, aged 59.
Submitted by Researcher (Barbara Toohey) on 7 October 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.408

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