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Details for the convict Charles Dellar (1840)

Convict Name:Charles Dellar
Trial Place:Essex Quarter Session
Trial Date:15 October 1839
Sentence:15 years
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Arrival Year:1840
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Charles Dellar was born May 15, 1825, at Hertford, England. His parents were William Dellar (1769-1829) and Sarah Mumford (1770-1836). Charles was an agricultural labourer and married Mary Ann Field (1800-1869) on March 4, 1821 in Hertford. Mary was pregnant when married and she had nine children between 1821 and 1838.

On October 15, 1839, Charles Dellar was convicted at Essex Assizes of stealing a lamb, and was sentenced to 15 years & transportation. A letter (dated 16 January 1840) from the Secretary of State, the Marquis of Normandy, was sent to the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions asking that he review the case. (This can be read at the Essex Record Office Q/SBb 538/26) However, this failed and Charles was sent to Gosport where he was placed on the prison hulk, York, on November 14, 1839; he was then shipped from England on February 24, 1840, aboard the 424 ton ship Mandarin which arrived in Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) on June 30, 1840. There were 211 convicts on the ship of which 12 years was the average sentence with 31 being transported for life. He received a Conditional Pardon on July 20, 1852, and was a passenger on the ship Yarra Yarra which sailed to Melbourne on August 20, 1852.Although a Charles Dellar died at Redfern (now a suburb of Sydney) in 1869, this is not the same person. His death remains a mystery.
Submitted by Researcher (Malcolm Wallace) on 20 August 2018

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/12, p.153

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