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George Burgess

George Burgess, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indefatigable, October 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Burgess
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 24th June, 1863
Age: 67 years

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: Stealing a snuff box
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indefatigable
Departure date: October, 1814
Arrival date: 26th April, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 183 (93)
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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Rod Duggan on 26th September, 2016 wrote:

George Davis Burgess was born in 1796 in Purse Caundle, Dorset.
He was sentenced to Transportation for Life in 1814.
George spent time on the Prison Hulk Retribution at Woolrich before being Transported to Australia aboard the Indefatigable, arrived in Sydney in April 1815 and was Transported to Tasmania aboard the Kangaroo.

George married convict Elizabeth Riley in Launceston on 31st August 1820 and had 7 children
He later married Ann Bartlett on the 21st September 1857

George and Ann owned 3 properties in Paterson St Launceston, 2 being houses and one being the Public House Hotel.

George received an Absolute Pardon in 1840 and died in Launceston on the 24th June 1863

GEORGE BURGESS, THOMAS HASSEN, Theft > pocketpicking, 6th July 1814.
626. GEORGE BURGESS and THOMAS HASSEN were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 9th of June , a silver snuff box, value 5 s. the property of a person to the jurors unknown, from his person .
BENJAMIN JOHNSON. I am an officer of the city of London. On the 9th of July, the night of the illumination. I saw the prisoners from Spring Gardens to Carlton-house; I had my eye upon him; I followed him about two hours. I followed them close in the mob, and saw them take from several people pocket handkerchiefs, before I saw them take the snuff box. They went more than a dozen times from Spring Gardens to Charing Cross. I saw them at Spring Gardens come round an elderly gentleman and a lady together. I saw both the prisoners round the gentleman, and as they left the gentleman I saw something shine in Hassen’s hand like a snuff box. They both left the gentlemen at the same time, and went towards Carlton-house again. They turned up St. Alban’s-street, and went to the first public-house in St. Alban’s-street, and directly they went into the public-house I searched them; I found on Hassen a silver snuff box, four silk handkerchiefs, one cotton, two pair of scissars, a knife with the blade open, a tailor’s thimble, a rule, and a pair of gloves. Upon Burgess I found one silk handkerchief in his breeches pocket, and two cotton ones. I told them I had been following them. They said they found all the things. They said they found the snuff box by Spring Gardens. At the place where they said, it was impossible for them to stoop, the crowd was so great, or else I should have taken them; I could not on account of the mob.
Q. Had the handkerchiefs the appearance of having been found upon the ground - A. No; they are now as they were found; they have no appearance of having been upon the ground. I have advertised the things four or five times; nobody has come forward.This is the snuff box; it is gold inside. Hassen took it out of the gentleman’s right hand waistcoat pocket.
Burgess’s Defence. I went out to see the lights; on my returning I met Hassen; I had seen him twice before. We went together into this public-house to have some refreshment; Johnson came in and searched me, and found this silk handkerchief, I had it given to me in the morning by a young man, who is gone to sea. The cotton handkerchief is my own.
Hassen’s Defence. On the night of the illumination I left my lodging at eleven o’clock; I walked up Pall Mall, I felt something soft under my feet; I found a silver snuff box wrapped up in some silk handkerchiefs I then met this young man; we went into a public-house together. Johnson came in and searched me, and found the property on me.
BURGESS, GUILTY , aged 18.
HASSEN, GUILTY , aged 21.
Transported for Life .
Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Bailey.
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Mr and Mrs George Burgess Publicans
In those years a full copy of the Launceston Assessment Rolls was published as an Extraordinary Edition of the Hobart Town Gazette.  In 1859 George Burgess was shown as the owner of the Public House only.  It was valued at £110 and the rates were £5-10-00.  George Davis Burgess died on 24 June 1863 in Launceston at the age of 67 (R403).  He was obviously quite rich when he died and he left everything to his wife Ann.  In his will, he “gives unto my first wife, Elizabeth Burgess, if living, the sum of one shilling”. In the 1863 edition of the Assessment Rolls,  Mrs George Burgess was shown as owning 3 properties in Paterson Street, Launceston.  Two properties were houses, which were rented, the other was a Public House in which she lived.  The value for the Public House was then £70.  In 1864 she was shown as the owner of the three properties but she was not now living in the Public House.  The rateable value was still shown as £70.  The Public House was demolished in 1937 and new Hotel, the TRC Hotel, was built.  The Hotel is named after TR Collins, a previous (or the first) owner of the property. Ann Burgess died in Launceston on 14 November 1867 at age 58 of “Decay of Nature”.She was shown as a widow on her death certificate, therefore George Davis Burgess must have predeceased her.  The names and ages of the children she bore is not recorded on the Death Record.”

Convict Changes History

Rod Duggan on 26th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th June, 1863 (prev. 0000), crime

Rod Duggan on 29th September, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

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