Name Richard OLIPHANT
Country Of Origin England
Born 1813
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1813, Cripplegate, London, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Watch Finisher
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Marriage/Spouse Wife Ellen and one child in England
Trial 22 August 1837, County Sessions, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, London
Sentence Transportation for life for fraud: Obtaining from his employer Frederick Henry Leah under false representation the sum of 10s 6d.
(Convict record: Seven-year sentence)
Arrival 25 August 1838 on the convict ship, Lord William Bentinck (2)
Police Number 242
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other 1834 and 1835: Previous convictions: stealing cheese and counterfeiting.

August 1837: The Morning Herald (London) reported that Richard ‘behaved with great insolence’ at his trial.
Richard’s insolence continued in Van Diemen’s Land with many charges on his convict conduct record. As a result, he was frequently punished with time in solitary confinement, hard labour in chains, lashes, and extensions to his sentence. Offences included being absent without leave, refusing to leave a public house, general misconduct, being drunk, gambling, insubordination, and absconding. His sentence was served at several locations, including Richmond, Cleveland, Westbury, and Impression Bay.

1846: Free Certificate.
It is possible, but not certain, that Richard Oliphant may have moved to Victoria.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON31/1/32, CON18/1/14.
Web: Ancestry: London, England, Newgate Calendar of Prisoners 1834 & 1835, United Kingdom Prison Hulk Register 1837, England & Wales Criminal Register 1837.
Founders & Survivors convict database.
Morning Herald (London) 23 August 1837 (British Newspapers Archive); Geelong Advertiser & Intelligencer 30 June 1852.