Sunday, 9 August 2009

Black Sheep Sunday

Some more details of two of my family's black sheep:

I first mentioned George White and Elizabeth Allen in my post, Woman of my Conviction. Both were transported to Tasmania, Australia (then known as Van Diemen's Land) for their respective crimes in the early 19th century.

Convicts in Tasmania were not allowed to marry each other or a 'free' person without approval. I discovered that the Archives Office of Tasmania has a free record service for records not available online and requested a copy of the original page with George and Elizabeth's Convict Application to Marry.

George White & Elizabeth Allen - Convict Application to Marry

The entry gives their names, and the ships they arrived on - George the 3rd and Margaret. It tells me the application was sent on the 22 March 1845 and was approved.

George White & Elizabeth Allen - Marriage Record

The pair were subsequently married the next month on the 28th of April. Nothing is mentioned about their convict status and I wonder how long they had to answer to the authorities.

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