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Christopher Horwood (c. 1817–1869)

Christopher Horwood (c.1818-1869), a butcher, was found guilty on 6 March 1843 at the Buckinghamshire Assizes of receiving 10 stolen sheep; he admitted the offence. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Lord Petre on 15 October 1843. He left behind a wife, Elizabeth, and two children. He received good reports both from the gaol and hulk; the ship's surgeon described his conduct as 'very good'. Horwood was described as being 27 years old, 5 feet 7¾ inches (176 cms) tall, with a fair complexion, dark brown hair, and light blue eyes.

Horwood was released from the first stage of probation on 13 February 1845; was granted a ticket of leave on 19 August 1850 and a conditional pardon on 24 May 1953. Giving his occupation as butcher, he married Mary Osborne on 30 March 1847 at Hobart. Following her death in 1864 he married Frances Davis, a widow, on 12 July 1865 at the Congregation Church, Hobart. His occupation was given as victualler.

Christopher Horwood died on 12 March 1869 at Murray Street, Hobart; his age was given as 52, his cause of death as 'chronic disease of liver and kidneys', and his occupation as general dealer.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Harwood, Christopher
  • Orwood, Christopher

c. 1817
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England


12 March, 1869 (aged ~ 52)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

lung disease

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Buckinghamshire
Trial Date: 6 March 1843


Occupation: butcher
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (2)