Petition of James White and Catherine Boyle to His Excellency John Eardley Wilmot to be married…. VAN DIEMEN'S LAND.
Petition of James White and Catherine Boyle to His Excellency John Eardley Wilmot to be married…

Petition of James White and Catherine Boyle to His Excellency John Eardley Wilmot to be married…
Petition of James White and Catherine Boyle to His Excellency John Eardley Wilmot to be married…

[October] 1843.

Manuscript; 385 x 240 mm.

"Humble petition... praying for permission to be married"

Manuscript petition to the recently appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot, seeking permission for James White (21) of Bagdad in the District of Pontville, a freeman and Catherine Boyle (22), per the ship Waverly to marry. Following her sentence of seven years for larceny Catherine was transported from Dublin on the arriving in Hobart on the Waverly, in December 1842 (recorded on the petition). Every one of the 149 female convicts who had embarked arrived in good health, a tribute to the care of the surgeon.

Manuscript petition to the recently appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot, seeking permission for James White (21) of Bagdad in the District of Pontville, a freeman and Catherine Boyle (22), per the ship Waverly to marry. Following her sentence of seven years for larceny Catherine was transported from Dublin on the arriving in Hobart on the Waverly, in December 1842 (recorded on the petition). Every one of the 149 female convicts who had embarked arrived in good health, a tribute to the care of the surgeon.

At the time of the petition, Catherine was in the service of John Davis, an innkeeper of the Brighton Hotel in Pontville. The petition records Catherine's denomination (Roman Catholic) and that she was "very quiet and orderly". A further manuscript note on April 27 1843 in crosshatch intriguingly records "Mrs Wilmott's [sic] Misconduct to be ass'd in the Interim'. James White, a freeman, the other petitioner, had been granted 60 acres at Bagdad which lay a few miles from Pontville. The petition records a happy outcome: noting Catherine's marriage on December 23rd, 1843, with the signature of the Anglican John Burrowes, first Government chaplain to Pontville, Rector of Brighton and in 1843, appointed surrogate of the Diocese by the Bishop, Francis Nixon.

John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot (1783–1847), Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1843 to 1846, was sent to the colony to oversee the implementation of a revised system of convict punishment, the probation system. Unfortunately for Wilmot, the Treasury was destitute of funds, and the colony saturated with unemployed convicts. Wilmot's economic analysis was acute, but his failure to report concisely on the 'soundness of the principles, and the wisdom of the [new probation system]', ensured that he attracted blame for its inevitable failure. In 1847 he was recalled by the Colonial Office, but died in Hobart before he could gather support for a committee of enquiry challenging his dismissal.

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