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Details for the convict Robert William Lyall (1831)

Convict Name:Robert William Lyall
Trial Place:Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:16 September 1830
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Arrival Year:1831
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“Robert William Lyall, one of 250 convicts transported on the Argyle, 05 March 1831″ Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years on 16 September 1830.

Robert William Lyall was convicted of theft in 1830 and transported to Tasmania on the ship "Argyle" in 1831. He was unconditionally pardoned in 1836 and married Frances Maria Coombs in 1837. Frances had arrived in Lancesten as a free settler, one of many young ladies who travelled out to be domestic servants. No evidence of how Robert and Frances met.

They moved to Melbourne after their marriage, where their first child was born in 1840. They then moved to New Zealand and used the surname Coombes. They settled first in Auckland and later Dunedin, where Frances's brother and family also settled and where they brought up 6 children. The Coombes had a successful life in New Zealand. The Lyall name became a popular middle name for many of their descendents and is still in use today.
Submitted by Researcher (Rebecca Jones) on 4 April 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/8, p.48

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