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Samuel Cooper

Samuel Cooper, one of 230 convicts transported on the Woodbridge, 10 October 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Cooper
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 26th July, 1905
Age: 87 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 10 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Stafford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Woodbridge
Departure date: 10th October, 1839
Arrival date: 26th February, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 229 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 107 (55)
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 16th December, 2013 wrote:

Samuel Cooper was 21 years old when convicted of stealing a horse, the property of Richard Abbotts of Dawley, Shropshire.

Samuel’s mother was a widow with a family of 6 children, and she appealed for clemency for Samuel.

Samuel was held on board the “Ganymede” hulk.

1844: TOL Queanbeyan
1848: TOL Moreton Bay
19/6/1848: TOL Passport, Moreton Bay.

24/2/1852: Married Catherine Kennedy, an Irish Orphan Girl, aged 19, arrived on the “Thomas Arbuthnot” (Sydney) 1850.
Catherine was a House Servant, illiterate, and was employed by H Buckley, South Brisbane for £8 per annum.  They had 7 children and Catherine died 2/8/1901 and is buried at Warwick.

Samuel was described as a Labourer/Plowman and farmer, and lived at Canning Downs and Warwick.

26/7/1905: Samuel Cooper died at Lord John Swamp, near Warwick, aged 87.  He followed farming and dairying persuits on his own account up to the time of his death.

Samuel’s estate was valued at £884, mostly in realty.

25/12/1854: Samuel Cooper was indicted for the manslaughter of Robert Ledingham, at Canning Down. 
Robert Ledingham instigated a fight by attacking Samuel, who then kicked him in the leg.  Robert had a former disease in the leg, it became infected and he died.

Before Robert died, he admitted the fight was his fault and forgave Samuel.  Samuel was found guilty, but the judge said the incident was unfortunate and sentenced him to ` month imprisonment at the Brisbane Gaol.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1818, date of death 26th July, 1905, gender, occupation, crime

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