Category Archives: Colonial Crime and Sentences

George Plyer, Private Royal Marines, Friendship 1788

George Plyer was born c1759 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England. He arrived in NSW as a private of the Royal Marines 30th Company aboard the Friendship in 1788. As George Player he was sent to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply in June 1789.

Spelling variations of surname includes aka Player, Plyar, Pleyer. Continue reading

Lawrence Lewis, NSW Corps, Britannia 1798

Lawrence Lewis, born Dublin 1772. He enlisted into the 102nd regiment in 1796 in England, traveling to NSW aboard the Britannia in 1798.

He first travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HMS Reliance in Nov 1799, at some stage he returned to Sydney. Then again travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HMS Buffalo in May 1803 as a private in the NSW Corps, departing Norfolk Island aboard the Investigator for Sydney in Feb 1805. He then assigned to Newcastle. Continue reading

Henry Wright, Royal Marines, Prince of Wales 1788

Henry Wright, Private, Royal Marines 51st (Plymouth) Company, Prince of Wales 1788.

Also aboard was his wife Mrs Ann Wright and their new born daughter Mary Ann. Henry and Ann were married 20 Oct 1786 Portsea, Hampshire, England. Their daughter Mary Ann Wright was baptised 19 Aug 1787 on board the Prince of Wales at Rio de Janerio, the baptism appears in St Phillips registrar as Charlicut Wright. Continue reading

Henry Palmer, Convict Neptune and Eleanor Kirvein Convict Lady Juliana 1790

Henry Palmer was charged with of crime of stealing 2 chaise glasses valued at £3/3/- at Old Bailey, 31 May 1786. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years on 10 January 1787.[1] He arrived in NSW aboard the Neptune in 1790

 In Sydney as Henry Palmore he married Eleanor KIRVEIN – KIRVIN, Convict, Lady Juliana 1790 as Elinor Kirvin  on 31 July 1790 at St Phillips, after which the boarded the voyage aboard the Surprize for Norfolk island.

Henry Palmer died 26 Nov 1790, buried most likely at Turtle Bay burial ground:

Ralph Clark wrote: a disagreable Accident happend at Charlotte Field (Queensborough) today in felling the Timber which I orderd to be cut down the last time I was out ther for the purpose to let more Air into the Corn a Tree fel on Henry Palmer a male Convict which nearly kild him on the Spot – the Surgeon orderd him to be brought in as the Tree fell on his head – the[y] have Traponded him and find that his brain is injured and that he could not live – he died in about an hour after the Operation.[2]

Eleanor returned to Sydney, on 30 Mar 1791 at Parramatta she was charged with receiving stolen goods: Eleanor Kirvein was accused of receiving six ounces of tobacco. She was found guilty and sentenced “To make good the Tobacco”. [3]

She soon found herself again on Norfolk Island, travelled most likely on the Mary Ann (Aug 1791) or Salamander (Oct 1791). Eleanora Kervan had a stillborn child on 22 Oct 1791 on Norfolk Island.[4]

She returned to England via Bengal aboard the Sugar Cane from Norfolk Island in Oct 1793.

[1] The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17860531-5.

[2] Ralph Clark, The Journal and Letters of Lt. Ralph Clark 1787-1792.

[3] John Cobley, Sydney Cove, 1791-1792, Angus and Roberston, Sydney, 1965, p.53.

[4] Ralph Clark, The Journal and Letters of Lt. Ralph Clark 1787-1792.

Cite this article as: Cathy Dunn, 'Henry Palmer, Convict Neptune and Eleanor Kirvein Convict Lady Juliana 1790', Australian History Research,, accessed [insert current date]


James Coventry died Norfolk island

James Coventry, Quartermaster, HMS Sirius 1788

James Coventry was born 1754 Perth Scotland. James married Ann Cree, 23 July 1786, St Martin in the Fields Westminster, England. He joined HMS Sirius as Quartermaster on 7 Nov 1786, aged 32 years; he was reduced to the rank able seaman on 11 July 1787 and regained the rank of Quartermaster on 14 Aug 1787, once again James finds himself as an able seaman on 10 May 1788. Continue reading