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Details for the convict Hugh Allcock (1840)

Convict Name:Hugh Allcock
Trial Place:Worcester Quarter Session
Trial Date:26 February 1840
Sentence:10 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Asia I (9)
Arrival Year:1840
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  • Researcher (Ed Foley)
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Hugh Alcock was baptised 5 Jan 1823 at Redditch of parents Thomas and Martha Alcock. Thomas was a needle maker by trade.
He was convicted at Worcester City Quarter Sessions on 24 February 1840 and given 10 years transportation for “Warehouse Breaking and Stealing Needles”. Said to have been, “in custody with 2 brothers of bad character. He was taken aboard the “Asia 1” on 17 April 1840 and the ship departed on 27 April 1840. He travelled with 275 other convicts and arrived in Van Diemen’s Land on 6 August 1840.
Hugh’s brother Henry Alcock had already been transported on the ‘Maitland’ for sheep stealing to NSW on 9 Mar 1840 and another of his brothers Richard Alcock had been imprisoned for felonisly breaking a machine. Richard came out to Sydney as a free settler and so did another brother Fredrick Alcock who arrived with many family members in 1852 on the ‘Epaminodas’

Details from his criminal records:
Roman Catholic, Read and Write,Trade: Labourer
Height: 5’1½”,Age: 17 years, Complexion: Fair,Head: Round
Hair: Light brown, No Whiskers, Forehead: Medium, Eyebrows: Dark brown
Eyes: Light hazel, Nose: Large, Mouth: Large, Chin: Large
Scar in the middle of forehead, Anchor Tattoo on left arm

His Ticket of Leave was granted on 20 December 1844 • Hobart, Tasmania
Conditional Pardon approved on 21 January 1847 • Hobart, Tasmania

Note this was a Conditional Pardon. One of the 'conditions' was that the pardoned person was never to return to England ….But Hugh did!
He was back in England 5 years later getting married to Kezia Dent daughter of John Dent and Sarah Willingham who was born in Redditch, Worcestershire in 1828. They married at St. Martins Church, Birmingham Warkwickshire 13 Jan 1852

Arrival in Australia with Kezia
Circa 1852
Hugh's wife Kezia's Death Notice states, "she was a colonist for 67 years" which indicates an arrival circa 1852. It is thought that Ann Alcock, Hugh's brother Richard's daughter, came with Hugh and Kezia. No record can be found of their arrival.

Change of Name
*Circa 1852
After his return to England and marriage to Kezia, he changed their surname to "Clarke" when returning to Australia to live. He used the names "William or Hugh Clarke/Clark" on various documents. They had seven children who were all given the name Clarke

Victoria BDM Death Registration
1882 • Ovens District Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria
CLARKE Given names- William, Event-Death, Father's name- Thos. Mother's maiden-Martha (Wilkinson) Reg. year-1882 Reg. no-4361
02 May 1882 • Ovens District Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria
Death notice says formally from Chiltern, Vic.
Death Notice
5 May 1918
Death Notice for "Kezia Clarke" states, "wife of late Hugh Alcock Clarke, daughter of William Dent, mother of Emily, Nance, William, Elizabeth, Harold. Colonist 67 years. 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren".

5 May 1918 • Oswald Street, Garden Vale, Victoria, Australia
Death record with parents of "William & Elizabeth Dent (nee Willoughby)". VIC BDM Death Reg. No. 1918/4797.

Submitted by Researcher (Antonia Davis) on 1 August 2019

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/12, p.193

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