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Samuel Birch

Samuel Birch, one of 289 convicts transported on the Thomas Arbuthnot, 06 January 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Birch
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 7th February, 1862
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Chester, Nether Knutsford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thomas Arbuthnot
Departure date: 6th January, 1847
Arrival date: 4th May, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [convicts disembarked at Port Phillip, not Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 143 (73)
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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Jillian Brewer on 19th October, 2021 wrote:

Samuel Birch was 18 years old when he landed in Port Phillip.  He left the Thomas Arbuthnot on his own account.  In 1851 he is recorded as having found gold in Ballarat, with fellow exile, James Whelpdale (aka McPhinn). In 1855, he was charged with fellow exile, Joseph Woodland with stealing in a dwelling, in 1857 with drunkenness, and in 1859 with robbery. Samuel Birch died in 1862 from injuries sustained in a milling accident when his lower leg was torn off in a thrashing machine.

Convict Changes History

Jillian Brewer on 19th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1830 (prev. 0000), date of death: 7th February, 1862 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Jillian Brewer on 19th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 1830)

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