Robert Hobbs [Convict "Active" 1791]

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Robert Hobbs

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: February 23, 1839 (75)
Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Hobbs and Mary Anne Hobbs
Husband of Bridget (Heslin) Hobbs [Convict "Sugar Cane" 1793]
Father of Robert Hobbs; Mary McKenzie; Elizabeth Turner; Harriett Rose; Edward Hobbs and 5 others
Brother of John Hobbs and Mary Cox

Occupation: District Constable, Pound Keeper, Farmer
Managed by: Michael Charles Stevenson
Last Updated:

About Robert Hobbs [Convict "Active" 1791]

Robert HOBBS was born c1764 Bishopgate, Middlesex, UK

Robert was convicted of stealing and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/9/1791 on "Active".

Robert married Bridget HESLIN on 30/10/1815 at Windsor and they had the following children

  • Robert 1796
  • Mary 1797
  • Elizabeth 1799
  • Harriett 1801
  • Edward 1803
  • Joseph 1806
  • James 1808
  • John 1810
  • Catherine 1812
  • Sarah 1815

Robert died 26/2/1839 Pitt Town and buried at St James


Convict on board the "Active" 1791.

On 20 September, 1790, Robert was charged with stealing 38 pieces of callico, containing 760 yards, valued at 60 pounds. The offence took place between 6 and 7 in the evening in an alley behind the Royal Exchange in the centre of London. He was tried at the Old Bailey, London, on 27 October 1790, found guilty, and sentenced to 7 years transportation. Mr. R.F. Mason ( a descendent of Robert's son, Joseph) was in London some years ago and found 2 previous court cases, one for obtaining a quantity of salmon under false pretences, and another for stealing cloth. He says - "It would appear from the descriptions of the crimes, that Robert was part of an organised gang of thieves."

Robert arrived in Australia in the 3rd Fleet ship, "The Active" on 26.September, 1791. The "Active" had left Portsmouth on 27 March, 1791, the journey taking 183 days. The ship carried 175 convicts and lost 21 on the voyage. Charles Bateson, in his book "The convict ships" says: "The survivors in the "Active" were in a feeble and emaciated state, and complained bitterly of not having received their proper allowance of provisions."

Although Robert didn't marry Bridget Heslin until 30 October, 1815 at St. Mathew's Church of England, Windsor, they formed a de-facto relationship soon after Bridget's arrival in the colony in 1793.

Occupation in the 1822 muster listed as "District Constable, pound keeper, and farmer."

By the time of the census taken in November of 1828, Robert had 7 acres of cleared and cultivated land at Pitt Town, near Windsor, NSW. He owned 1 horse and 45 head of cattle.


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Robert Hobbs [Convict "Active" 1791]'s Timeline

1763
July 17, 1763
Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England
July 17, 1763
Bishopsgate, London, England
1790
1790
Age 26
Active
1796
September 19, 1796
New South Wales, Australia
1797
December 17, 1797
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
1799
August 31, 1799
Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia

In Vol 01, Baptisms, 1790-1825; Marriages, 1789-1823; Burials, 1790-1825; p. 38, 1805
* Elizabeth Hobbs daughter of Robert Hobbs and Bridget Hassling was born Aug 31 1799 and christened Aug 11 1805 at Hawkesbury registered 2 Nov 1805 by me Samuel Marsden

1801
August 15, 1801
Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia

In Vol 01, Baptisms, 1790-1825; Marriages, 1789-1823; Burials, 1790-1825; p. 38, 1805
* Harriett Hobbs daughter of Robert Hobbs and Bridget Hassling was born 15 Aug 1801 and christened 11 Aug 1805 at Hawkesbury registered 2 Nov 1805 by me Samuel Marsden

1803
November 3, 1803
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
1806
December 30, 1806
Pitt Town, New South Wales, Australia
1808
1808