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Francis Woodhouse (c. 1803–1843)

Francis Woodhouse (c.1803-1843), the son of William and Ann Woodhouse, was baptised on 24 August 1803 at Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England. He was found guilty on 30 March 1831 at Gloucester, Gloucestershire, of stealing five sovereigns and one pound in silver, and a gold and silver watch. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Lord Lyndoch in November 1831. He was described as being 5 feet 6 inches (168 cms) tall, with a sallow complexion, dark brown hair, and brown eyes. He was assigned to Charles Swanston where he worked as gardener in charge.

Convict Conduct Record
24 December 1832 — felony in or about the month of June last at New Town one layer of a mulberry tree of the value of £1  of the goods and chattels of Chas Swanston and others — committed for trial (he was found guilty and sentenced to seven years transportation)

5 March 1833 — refusing to work on the day previous — placed on short rations for one week

27 June 1836 — absent without leave — 14 days on bread and water after returned to government and not be ?? at Richmond

4 March 1837 — abusive language — three months hard labour in chains

Woodhouse was granted a conditional pardon on 24 May 1842.

On 10 March 1841 Woodhouse, giving his occupation as 'free-gardiner', had married Jean Cooper at St John's church, Launceston. They had a son in 1842.

Francis Woodhouse drowned on 11 March 1843 while crossing the Nth Esk River near his home.

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c. 1803
Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England


11 March, 1843 (aged ~ 40)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Gloucestershire
Trial Date: 30 March 1831


Children: Yes (1)