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Peter Fowlser (c. 1800–1826)

Peter Fowlser (c.1800- ), a clerk, was found guilty (as Peter Foulser) on 18 September 1820 at the Old Bailey, London, of embezzling money from his widowed employer. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Hobart, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), aboard the Medway in March 1821. He married Catherine Clarke on 13 July 1823 at the Catholic Church in Hobart. Their son Frederick was born in 1824.

Fowlser worked as a clerk for T. C. Simpson at Launceston. He died in late February 1826, after falling off his startled horse and suffering a skull fracture.

* information from: Ian Leader-Elliott, 'Catherine Connelly: Convict, Innkeeper and Litigant', Female Convicts Research Centre Seminar: Succeeding in the regular economy: the aftermath of convict sentences, Saturday 9 May 2015, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Hobart — accessed 18 November 2020

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Fowsler, Peter
  • Fowler, Peter
  • Foulser, Peter

c. 1800


February, 1826 (aged ~ 26)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident

Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: fraud
Sentence: 14 years