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Shard, Charles (1812–1878)

Charles Shard was sentenced to fourteen years transportation. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in 1831 aboard the John. According to the ship's indent he was 5 feet 7 inches (170.2 cms) tall, with brown hair and eyes, and a mermaid tattoo on inside his left arm. He was assigned to Roger Gavin in 1832 and A. Thorn in 1835.

On 20 June 1834 he absconded from the Norman's Road Party; he was recaptured shortly after. On 19 August 1837 he absconded from the Chain Gang, Oatlands; he was apprehended by December. On 22 March 1840 he absconded from the Cleveland Road Party; he was apprehended shortly after.

He gained his certificate of freedom on 6 May 1848 and left for Victoria that same year.

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  • Shaird, Charles

Manchester, Greater Manchester, England


23 May 1878
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 14 years