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WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« on: Friday 12 January 18 20:59 GMT (UK) »
Hello,

Henry WESTCOTT arrived in WA aboard the Minden on 14/10/1851 and was given "Expiree" status in December 1857, having actually completed his 7 years transportation 2 years earlier on 27/06/1855.   He was known in the Toodyay area during this time.

I have checked the online BDM Index and TROVE but failed to unearth any details.   Can anyone help please?

Thank you,

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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 13 January 18 04:27 GMT (UK) »
Might be worth checking the Victorian BDMs as it appears that some of the WA convicts made there way to the Victorian goldfields after their release. I have one such associated with my tree.

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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #2 on: Friday 02 March 18 07:18 GMT (UK) »
There are 2 Henry's in Victoria
Death in 1888 age 53  s/o William and Susan GAMMON
marriage 1860 to a Rebecca SLEE
nothing in SA
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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 04 March 18 09:41 GMT (UK) »
According to this record Henry was 18 but not sure if that is age at sentencing in 1848 (b. 1830) or when he arrived in 1851 (b. c1833).

http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/con-wa4.html

The Henry who died in Victoria in 1888 was reportedly 53 so born c1835. A MyHeritage tree indicates both the Westcott and Slee families were from Devon.

Do you know Henry's parents names?

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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 04 March 18 09:50 GMT (UK) »
A Henry WESTCOTT died in NSW in 1912 aged 79, so born c1833.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28129728

NSW BDM shows his parents as Henry M & Betsy (reg 6647, Marrickville).

There are several children born to Henry & Harriet[t] WESTCOTT 1865-76 but I can't see a marriage in NSW. Harriet also died in 1912: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/15362684

They are both buried at Waverley cemetery, who might have more info.

EDIT: It appears this Henry was an engineer at the Botany Waterworks, arriving on the Morpeth in 1865. Sorry - it was a red herring! But at least it rules him out...

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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 04 March 18 11:25 GMT (UK) »
Good Morning,

Thank you for providing the different options for Henry WESTCOTT.

I learned yesterday, however, that he may have been murdered in the Northam/Toodyay area of Western Australia in or about 1875.   This has not been validated but the pointers are fairly conclusive.   The case is being investigated for more information by a local Historical Society.

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Re: WA: WESTCOTT, Henry, Born 1832, Bridgwater, Somerset
« Reply #6 on: Friday 09 March 18 01:24 GMT (UK) »
There are 2 Henry's in Victoria
Death in 1888 age 53  s/o William and Susan GAMMON
marriage 1860 to a Rebecca SLEE
nothing in SA
Di

This is not your Henry - He came to Victoria in 1859 aboard the "Red Jacket", with his brother Joseph. They are my great great grandmother's brothers. Dale
Watts Westcott Irwin Gammon - Devon
Marchment - Wiltshire
MacLeod MacSwain- Raasay
Grimmett Danbury- Oxfordshire
Brien Poyser- London