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Charles Turtle (1795–1871)

James Turtle, a cooper plate printer, was sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived in Sydney in 1819 aboard the Baring. His occupation was given as copper plate printer and his height as 5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cms). He had a fair pale complexion, flaxen hair and grey eyes. In 1822 he was working as a government servant for Richard Porter in Parramatta. He continued to be employed by Porter when he was free. In 1828, now calling himself Charles Turtle, he was living at Kissing Point.

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Alternative Names
  • Turtle, James

London, Middlesex, England


6 June, 1871 (aged ~ 76)
Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years