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Samuel Britton, one of 150 convicts transported on the Caledonia, 19 June 1822
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 53 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Bristol City Quarter Sessions
19th June, 1822
6th November, 1822
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 149 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 169 (85)
||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 Chilcott, Bracknell. Tasmania. on 10th April, 2012 wrote:
Samuel Britton was sententced to Van Diemen’s Land in 1822 for fourteen years for smuggling. In December 1828 he absconded from his master W.G.Walker, esq and soon took to the bush. Britton joined up with another escapee John Bevan, which started off his bushranging career, this lasted nearly two years together, until Bevan was betrayed and shot by a new gang member in late February 1830, for the next few years while he was a bushranger, Britton seeked revenge for his friends death. Samuel Britton was the longest reigning bushranger to roam the country side and cause depredation to the northern part of Van Diemen’s Land from 1829 to January 1835. On New Years Day 1835, Britton and two of his long time gang members Jeffkins and Brown were enganged in a gun battle with police near Kelso on the Tamer River, Britton was shot in the thigh and suffered a severe wound. The gang made their way to another location known as Port Sorrel via Bakers Beach area, Britton was left behind in the boobialla scrub while Jeffkins and Brown went to find food from a hut they had earlier seen, on arrival they were confronted by a number of troopers and a fatal gun battle broke out. Jeffkins was killed and Brown seriously wounded. While being conveyed by boat to a garrison at George Town, Brown told the authorities as to the whereabouts of Britton before his death. On the return of the police to the boobialla area a search was conducted, but no sign of Britton was to be found. To this day the whereabouts of Samuel Britton is still a mystery. Did he perish in the boobialla scrub or did he make a daring escape on that fatal day. Samuel Britton, George Jeffkins and Edward Brown evaded the law in Van Diemen’s Land for longer than any other bushranger who dare to bear arms and committ robbery in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Maureen Withey on 29th September, 2020 wrote:
WHEREAS Samuel Britton, No. 547. per ” Caledonian,” a convict, is now at large, and has committed many depredations, and it being very desirable to capture him, I am authorised by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, to offer a Reward of Two Hundred Sovereigns to any person or persons who shall apprehend and lodge him in safe custody.
In addition to the above Reward, a Free Pardon will be granted, should the said Samuel Britton be taken by a prisoner.
M. FORSTER, C. P. M.
Colonial Times, (Hobart) 26 Feb 1833.
Penny-Lyn Beale on 24th May, 2021 wrote:
1830 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania.
Name; Samuel Britton
Ship arrived by; Caledonia 2nd
To whom assigned/Occupation; ABSCONDED; 1828
1835 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1835
Remarks; AT LARGE; in the woods
1841 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania.
Convict Changes History
Dennis Chilcott, Bracknell. Tasmania. on 10th April, 2012 made the following changes:
date of birth 1797-00-00, gender m