Attention Internet Explorer User

Your web browser has been identified as Internet Explorer .

In the coming months this site is going to be updated to improve security, accessibility and mobile experience. Older versions of Internet Explorer do not provide the functionality required for these changes and as such your browser will no longer be supported as of September 2020. If you require continued access to this site then you will need to install a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Batley, Walter (c. 1760–?)

Walter Batley (c.1760- ), a bricklayer, was found guilty on 29 October 1783, at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a large quantity of navy clothing from a shop.

Sentenced to 7 years transportation to America he was among the prisoners who mutinied on the convict transport Mercury in April 1784. Recaptured, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk until he embarked for Sydney aboard the Friendship in March 1787. The ship arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Batley married Martha Baker on 21 February 1788 at Sydney Cove. The couple were sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in November 1789. By May 1790 Martha was living with Samuel Mobbs. Batley returned to Port Jackson on 7 February 1793 and settled on a grant of land at Liberty Plains where he worked as a bricklayer. He was robbed by an employee of some clothing in 1795. No later records have been found.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 27

Additional Resources

Citation details

'Batley, Walter (c. 1760–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/batley-walter-30046/text37283, accessed 21 September 2020.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Batley, Walton
  • Rouse, Walton
  • Rouse, John
  • Rouse, Walter
  • Rowse, Walton
  • Rowse, John
  • Rowse, Walter
  • Rous, Walton
  • Rous, John
  • Rous, Walter
  • Batly, Walter
Birth

c. 1760
Norfolk, England

Cultural Heritage
Passenger Ship
Occupation
Key Events
Groups
Key Places