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Details for the convict Richard Loveley (1820)

Convict Name:Richard Loveley
Trial Place:Lincoln Assizes
Trial Date:6 March 1819
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Arrival Year:1820
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William Chappelow (1837 – 1903) and Mary Ann Jane Lovely (25th February 1836 – 1923) were the parents of my Great, Great Grandmother Eliza Loudoun nee Chappelow.

Mary Anne Lovely’s parents were Richard Lovely and Elizabeth Green. They were married on the 8th of April 1833 in Port Sorrell Tasmania. Prior to this occasion Richard Lovely led the authorities of the day on quite a merry dance.

Richard was born about 1787 and was 32 years old when on the 6th of March he was originally convicted at Lincolnshire in England of sheep stealing and sentenced to death. On the 19th of June 1819 he was received into the hulk of the ship the “Retribution” which was moored in Woolwich in the UK.

By September 1819 Richard was placed aboard the ship named “Dromedary” and was bound for Van Diemen's Land - fortunately he had been released from his sentence of “Death” and instead was to be transported for “Life”. Richard would arrive on Tasmanian shores in 1820. This was only the beginning of Richards “shenanigans”. Richard would be at large as a runaway convict for well over three and a half years. By 23rd June 1824 he came under further scrutiny for being a runaway convict and was apprehended and placed into “Sydney Gaol”.

The NSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788 – 1856 state that on the 13th of July 1824 Richard was to be provided a passage to Hobart. On the 17th of July he was embarked onto the “John Bull” bound for Port Dalrymple. On the 11th of May 1825 Richard was returned to Sydney via the “Caroline” after a petition from his brother Samuel Lovely to request Richard remain in Sydney. Richard would eventually become a farmer and pass away in NSW in 1847.

Submitted by Researcher (12213) on 8 March 2020

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.207

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