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George Collins

George Collins, one of 169 convicts transported on the Mellish, 10 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Collins
Aliases: George Patrick Collins
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 4th April, 1803
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 5th June, 1863
Age: 60 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Lincoln Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mellish
Departure date: 10th November, 1828
Arrival date: 18th April, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 511 (257)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 14th July, 2018 wrote:

15/2/1828 Stamford Mercury Lincolnshire, England:

The magistrates acting at Bourn, in conjunction with the police of this town, have been lately indefatigable their exertions to bring to justice a gang of desperarte characters, who have for a long time by nocturnal associate preyed upon a large circuit of coungtry ; and we are happy to congratulate our readers in this neighbourhood upon the apprehension and commitment to Lincoln Castle of the following individuals, viz. John Jibb, tailor, of Stamford, for burglary; Wm. Wright, commonly called Tulip Wright, of Stamford, a corporal upon the Staff of the Lincoln Militia ; Wm. Wright, laborer, of Barrowden ; Geo. Collins, laborer, of Edenham (for sheep stealing) ; and Wm. Osborn, laborer, of Carlby.

William Wright, the Corporal arrived VDL per ‘Lady Harewood 1829’.

William Osborn was on board the ‘Lord Melville’ but his trial date was 15/7/1828
not 8/3/1828 as the others were.

No ship found for the other Wm. Wright.

John Jibb arrived NSW per ‘Lord Melville’.
James Squires and William Osborn were also charged with the last offence. Osborn turned King’s evidence.

George Collins 24 years old when transported for ‘Slaying one ewe sheep, and stealing the carcass, and stealing a gun, the property of Robert Stubley, farmer’.

George was the son of William and Sarah.

1837: TOL

23/8/1837: TOL Passport, On the recommendation of Police Magistrate Parramatta Bench.

10/9/1838: TOL Passport, on recommendation of the Parramatta Bench.
1844: Recommended for a CP

2/3/1846: CP

1849: Married Mary Smith at Maitland.

6/10/1860 Maitland Mercury:
THE undersigned is willing to TREAT with an Experienced BAKER, on very liberal terms, to oommonce business in those premises opposite Mr. M’Donald’s store. The house contains four rooms, a
bakehouse, and shop. Should the applicant wish, he may have the use of a horse and spring cart, every day, at very small charge. To any industrious man, the above is a first-rate opening. Apply to
Dealer’s Arms,
Black Creek.
October 2, 1860.

5/6/1863: George Collins died, aged 60, at Maitlad.

Will of George Collins:

This is the last Will and Testament of me George Collins of Black Creek in the Colony of New South Wales I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be fully paid and satisfied I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Collins all and singular my personal Estate (after payment therefrom of all such debts and expenses) whatsoever, wheresoever and of whatsoever kind the same may be to hold the same to her, her Executors, Administrators and Assigns. I give devise and bequeath unto my friends John Boyde James O’Neill of Stanhope and my said wife Mary Collins all my real Estate To hold the same in trust in the first place to receive and take the rents & profits therefrom and from the same to maintain all the tenements in repair and to pay the same or the residue thereof after payment for such repairs to my said wife during her life time and Widowhood but if she shall not continue my Widow then to pay the same towards the support of my children hereinafter named and on the death of my said wife before the youngest of such children shall attain the age of twenty one years then to receive the rents and profits of those portions devised to such children as shall be under twenty one years of age and pay same for their education & support and to convey such portions as are devised as hereafter mentioned to such of the said children as may attain twenty one years And I devise & bequeath my real Estate as follows I devise to my son George Collins the stone house with the lands called the duck pond I devise to my son James Collins the house next M Baylis & with the 17 acres across the Creek I devise to my daughter Mary Anne Collins my present residence and 3 1/2 Three & one half acres adjoining I devise to my step son John Smith my two houses and 1/2 one half acre near the Bush Inn and I direct that after the death of my wife or if she should marry again, my Trustees convey their portion to each upon their respectively attaining the age of twenty one years and if any of said Children shall die before the age of twenty one years then I direct that the land and premises devised to him or them shall revert to the survivors or survivor of the said children to be held by them or him as tenants in common And I hereby declare that no trustee of this my Will shall be responsible for any Co-Trustee or for any accident or involuntary loss whatever but each shall be responsible only for such monies or effects as shall actually come to his hands and for his own individual acts, deeds and defaults And also that if any such Trustee shall desire to retire from the Trusts hereof or shall leave the Colony become insolvent or incapable of acting under this my last Will it shall be lawful for the remaining or surviving Trustee to appoint another Trustee and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said John Boyce James O’Neill and Mary Collins to be joint Executors & Executrix and Trustees of this my Will and hereby revoking all former and other Will or Wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set and subscribed my hand and seal this Third day of June in the year One thousand eight hundred and sixty Two George his X mark Collins (LS) Signed by mark sealed and delivered by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have set and subscribed our names as Witness & we do hereby certify that previous to such execution the above Will was read over and explained in our presence to the said George Collins & he appeared perfectly to understand the same John Thos Lynch C M Allen W Lynch 24th August 1866 This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and Testament of George Collins deceased was granted to Mary Collins the Widow of Testator and sole Executrix named (John Boyce and James O’Neill the Ex’ors named having renounced) Testator died 5th June 1863 Goods at £30. Probate dated the same day as granted.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 14th July, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: George Patrick Collins, date of birth: 4th April, 1803 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th June, 1863 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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