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Robert Large (1827–1877)

Robert Large was found guilty on 6 January 1846 at the Bucks Aylesbury Quarter Sessions of stealing a rabbit. He had two previous convictions — six weeks for vagrancy and three months for attempting a house breaking. Sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing the rabbit he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Palmyra in August 1846. The ship's surgeon surgeon reported that he was 'well-behaved'. His occupation was given as groom, height as 5 feet 6¾ inches, age as 20, and he had a fair complexion, oval head, sandy hair and whiskers, and hazel eyes. He could read and write.

Giving his occupation as sawyer, he married Elizabeth Smith on 30 March 1853 at Trinity Church, Hobart; they had one son. On 21 May 1870, giving his occupation as constable, he married Alice Kate Dwyer in Hobart, with Congregational rites. 

Robert Large died on 26 December 1877 in Hobart General Hospital. His occupation was given as warden at gaol, cause of death as aneurism of aorta, and his age as 51.

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Life Summary [details]


12 August, 1827
Eton, Buckinghamshire, England


26 December, 1877 (aged 50)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Buckinghamshire
Trial Date: 6 January 1846


Children: Yes (5)