Name, Charles Dewhurst No. 504
Head, Round inclined to oval
Nose, Sharp, pointed
Remarks, Scar on back of middle finger left hand. Stout Man.
Male convicts served their sentences as assigned labour to free settlers or in gangs assigned to public works. Only the most difficult convicts (mostly re-offenders) were sent to the prison known as Port Arthur.
Charles’ eight or nine years he had spent with his father blacksmithing was of great value to him. Records show that Charles was on loan to Mr J Walker in 1830 while being domiciled in barracks. It seems likely it was the same Mr Walker who had been managing the government flour mill on the Hobart Rivulet near Barrack St before buying the mill and then about the time Charles was on loan to him was building another mill near the wharves.
Convicts who had served 4 years of a 7 year sentence, and had been of good behaviour, were granted a Ticket-of-Leave. Charles was granted a ticket-of-leave in 1833. This meant he was free to live and work in the colony, and able to earn income. He still had to report to musters, and was not able to return to England.
Charles eventually earned a full pardon with a brave deed. I'll tell you about it soon,