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Charles Dewhurst

Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia
Cause of death: Dropsy
Place of Burial: Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia
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Son of Thomas Dewhirst ve Hannah Dewhirst
Husband of Elizabeth Dewhurst ve Grace Dewhurst
Father of Timothy Dewhurst; Constance Olive Mary Ann Dewhurst; George Dewhurst; Thomas Dewhurst; Charles Dewhurst ve 9 başka şey daha
Brother of David Dewhirst; Mary Keighley; John Dewhirst; Betty Dewhirst; Harriet Dewhirst ve 4 başka şey daha

Occupation: Convict per Roslyn Castle, Blacksmith
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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The spelling of the Dewhirst surname appears to have been spelt with a "u" instead of "i" after the move toTasmania.

  • Title: Dewhirst, Charles
  • Description: Charles Dewhirst, one of 176 convicts transported on the Roslin Castle, 12 August 1828


  • Details: Convicted at York, West Riding Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 17 July 1828.
  • Vessel: Roslin Castle (Ship)
  • Date of Departure: 12 August 1828
  • Place of Arrival: Van Diemen's Land

Subject(s): Convicts

Charles was transported to Tasmania on "Roslin Castle" 1828. He was tried at York, 17 July 1828 and sentenced to 7 years. He was charged with Stealing, at Horton, three pounds of silver, three one pound provincial notes, five pounds weight of band, and a gun, the property of one Samuel Cannon. Three others were charged with the same offence they were John Padgett, George Riley and Abraham Shepherd. He had been tried previously for Felony of a hen but was acquitted. On 2 February 1835 a application to marry was applied for. it read : Application of Charles Dewhurst, free, to marry Elizabeth Banks, convict per Frances Charlotte." Approved 10 February 1835. Offences in the colony - 21 Nov. 1833 Ticket of Leave, Watch House Keep/felony. Committee for trial Supreme Court. 5 Feb 1834 Vide Gazette/"An emancipation granted in consequence of his meritorious conduct in apprehending in concert with others the four desperate bushrangers, Ward, Newman, Buchan and Dawson. Conditional Pardon No. 545 11th February 1834. The description list of Charles reads:- Name, Charles Dewhurst No. 504 Trade, Balacksmith Height 5'9" Age, 22 Complexion, Brown Head, Round inclined to oval Hair, Brown Whiskers, None Visage, Oval Forehead, Perpendicular Eyebrows, Brown Eyes, Brown Nose, Sharp, pointed Mouth, Narrow Chin, Long Remarks, Scar on back of middle finger left hand. Stout Man. In convict's memorials for indulgences:- March 19 1830 - Dewhurst Charles, "Roslin Castle", application to sleep out of barracks. 29 March refused. May 19 1830:- Same request. 1 June refused if he is not married. July 23 1830:, Same request. No answer recorded. Feb 8 1831:- Same request. No answer recorded. Charles was the district Blacksmith, in its early years, He was later landowner and one of the committee of three who in 1861 got the local school built. (it is near the St James Church) Charles left a will, which was probated 23 July 1887. It was for 39 pounds. The executors were George Green, Northdown, farmer and George Brown, Northdown, farmer. The proctors Hooley and Young....Kath McKegg charles dewhurst and his wife elizabeth banks were witnesses at the wedding of grace and charles and then apparently lived quite close to one another - when charles blight died grace married charles dewhurst...Ruth Coomber Was charged with theft in Bradford, convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Tasmania. As Convict No, 504 arrived there on "ROSLIN CASTLE" in 1828. Granted conditional pardon on 11/2/1834 for helping capture 4 bushrangers...G.A.Glass These photos have come from Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips Here is what she told me about finding Charles Dewhurst's grave: I had a real adventure looking for Charles Dewhurst's grave. The cemetary is on private land still, but the owner is quite a charming old fellow. He gave me a list, with names and a bit of a map, that a family history group had made from about 1970. The little cemetary was completely overgrown with grass and creepers. We had to walk down over farm paddocks and cross barbed wire fences and everything. When we got to the cemetary, the listing said Charles Dewhurst 18, and unknown, 19. I suspected the unknown would be Elizabeth. The headstones went along in order, got to 17, then there were two spaces, with nothing. No headstones, no concrete edgings, nothing. I thought they must have been broken up or lost. I stomped all around in the long grass to see if I could feel anything hard underneath. Then I saw an iron fenced area, that was not marked on the listing. Charles and two of his sons were the blacksmiths in the area, so I thought, I wonder?? The fence was too high to climb over, so I searched around, and found a gap where someone else had broken through and moved a couple of the railings aside. I climbed in, and there were two headstones. One was obviously Charles', with his name still readable. The other was very worn and nothing discernible on it, but I'm sure it's Elizabeth. I was surprised, since Charles remarried, that he was then buried with his first wife, but now you've told me that they were obviously friends from way back, it's not such a mystery. Elizabeth and Grace were probably great friends.

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Charles Dewhurst's Timeline

14 Temmuz 1805
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
7 Mayıs 1836
Age 30

Details on Charles Dewhurst Convict:
Convict's Indent Number: 504 Name: Charles Dewhist
Height: 5 ft 9 inches Age: 22 years
Trade: Blacksmith Where tried: West Riding Quarter Sessions
Yorkshire on 17th July 1828.
Sentence: 7 years Native Place: Horton (Yorkshire)
Marital Status: Single Religion: Protestant.
Read & Write: Yes, Both Offences: House Breaking.
Remarks: Stealing - 2 hens when found.
Number: 504 Name: Charles Dewhurst
Trade: Blacksmith Native Place: Horton, Yorkshire
Height: 5'9" Age: 22
Complexion: Brown Head: Round, tending to oval
Hair: Brown Whiskers: None
Visage: Oval Forehead: Perpendicular
Eyebrows: Brown Eyes: Brown
Nose: Sharp, pointed Mouth: Narrow
Chin: Long Remarks: Scar on back of middle finger of left hand Stout man.

Charles Dewhurst left from Downs 19th August 1828
Arrived Tasmania 16th December 1828
First voyage of ship = Master John T Duff.

Conduct Record.
Name: Charles Dewhirst Number: 504
Tried: York Date: 17th July, 1828
Transported: 7 years for stealing linen check.
Gaol Report: Tried for a felony last September, but was acquitted.
Hulk Report: Orderly, Single.
Stated this Offence: Breaking into a shop, prosecutor Mr. Glough.
Tried with Padgett (521 - 7 years), Riley (549 - 7 years) and Shepherd (585 - 7
years). Once for a hen no Bill found. Father and mother native place Horton.
Father Thomas Dewhurst, blacksmith. Worked for my father 8 or 9 years. Single.

Conduct report
21 November 1833 Ticket of Leave
5 February 1838 Vide Gazette -- "An Emancipation of Trust (??) in consequence of his meritorious Conduct of apprehending in concert with others the four desperate bushrangrs, Ward, Newman, Burton and Dawson.

Tasmanian Pioneers Index 1993 Charles M. B. Horton Yorkshire 1806 left Englend on "Roslin Castle" 1828.

Charles Dewhurst transported from Downs 19th August, 1828 on the "Roslin
Castle" first voyage of ship Master John T. Duff arrived in Tasmanis on
16th December, 1828.

(?)04 Dewhist Charles Height 5/9Hair Brown Eyes Brown Age 22 Trade Blacksmith
Where Tried York West Riding 17 July 1834 Sentence 7 yrs
Ship from Europe "Roslin Castle 16 Dec 1828 Native place Horton.
Marks Scar back of mid finger left hand - stout man
No. and date of Free Certificate,
Free Pardon or Emancipation I.G.91o424 10th Nov 1835.

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