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Samuel Bell

Samuel Bell, one of 200 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 20 May 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Bell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 20th May, 1829
Arrival date: 27th August, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 68
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Dennis Nightingale on 22nd June, 2015 wrote:

5853 Bell Samuel - Norfolk 1829.
  1833 14 February Gammon Plains SG.
  Sentenced to 7 yrs in gaol for stealing flour, pork and tobacco from the house of G. Windham

Dennis Nightingale on 22nd June, 2015 wrote:

Samuel Bell, Andrew Hamilton and Edward McGuinness were found guilty of robbery and sentenced to seven years transportation. The robbery took place at a house belonging to George Wyndham at Gammon Plains. This may have been his sheep station Collyblu.

The Sydney Gazette gave the following account of the trial:

Samuel Bell, Andrew Hamilton, and Edward McGuinness, were indicted for burglariously entering the dwelling house of George Wyndham, Esq., at Gammon Plains, Hunter’s River, and forcibly taking therefrom, 5 lbs. flour, 5lbs. pork, and 1lb. Tobacco, the property of George Wyndham aforesaid, and putting one Jose Antonio in bodily fear. It appeared from the evidence of Antonio, who is an assigned servant to Mr. Wyndham, and who was extremely unwilling to give testimony against the prisoners, until reminded by his Honor of the obligation under which he stood, that the prisoners at the bar came to his hut, and after the usual friendly salutations came in and seated themselves; witness was then in the act of making bread; witness did not think they were bushrangers; he asked one of the prisoners to remove the fire on the hearth, which he said he would with all his heart; after a little conversation the prisoners asked if he had any flour and beef in the hut, when witness told them he had flour and pork but no beef, they replied that was still better; they then ordered witness to leave the hut, with which order he felt himself under the necessity of complying; being now convinced they were bushrangers, he went to inform a fellow servant who was making a paddock at some distance, of the circumstance; on returning he saw the prisoner, Bell, leaving the hut, carrying a frock filled with something which he imagined was taken from the hut; the prisoners went away; this station is at some distance from any other; no time was lost in giving information to the nearest Magistrate of the robbery; on the following Saturday, the three prisoners paid a second visit, making anxious enquiry for the man who had informed against them; McManus, who was then in the hut, denied witness, who could see the prisoners through the slabs of his hiding-place; McManus seized a knife and told the prisoners he did not want any thing whatever to do with bushrangers; they then departed. The whole of the prisoners ingeniously interrogated the witness, their object being to shew that he had given the property laid in the indictment to them. The jury retired, and having consulted a few minutes, returned a verdict of guilty of larceny. They immediately received sentence of 7 years transportation.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 22nd June, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: m

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