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Details for the convict Francis Beckham (1845)

Convict Name:Francis Beckham
Trial Place:Norfolk - (Norwich) Quarter Sessions
Trial Date:28 June 1843
Sentence:10 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Sir George Seymour
Arrival Year:1845
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He was exiled with Henry his brother, for sheep stealing on the 22nd Mar 1845.
Departed 21st Nov 1844 from London, aboard "Sir George Seymour" arriving at Geelong Victoria,
via Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) on the 27th Feb 1845.

ln England, Francis was an agricultural labourer renting a cottage, garden and pasture of less than half an acre.

Francis Beckham 32 years of age, was married to Mary Ann Caley in 1830. He was charged with Felony and received 10 years, convicted on the 28th June 1843 at Norwich. He was exiled and received a Royal Pardon on the 10th Oct 1844. After arriving at Geelong on the 18thMarch 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, he was employed by Horne & Gibb in the Portland Bay district.

After 18 mths, Frances was indentured to a farmer with full board and reasonable enough pay, to save for the passage of his wife and children who arrived in 1849.
Francis was engaged at a wage of Seventeen Pounds a year plus rations, for one year. Ironically probably looking after sheep!

Francis Beckham could not write his name but on arrival in Australia it was said that he could read and write. He was also taught the trade of rug and mat making whilst in Pentonville prison.

It appears that he probably added to his fortunes by gold-prospecting and in 1853 he was in a position to purchase over 149 acres of land.

Fact 1: 13 November 1808, Christening at Brandon Parva
Fact 2: 22 March 1845, Arrived aboard "Sir George Seymour" at Geelong
Fact 3: He was exiled with Henry for sheep stealing
Fact 4: March 1845, Engaged by Mr Gibb of Portland Bay
Fact 5: 1873, owned 146 acres in Murgheboluc, Victoria.
Fact 6: He settled in Jeffcott, Victoria.
Fact 7: Death: 11 November 1898,
Submitted by Researcher (13036) on 7 August 2020

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/14, p.220

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