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George Ewen

George Ewen, one of 214 convicts transported on the Surrey, 19 November 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Ewen
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 19th November, 1832
Arrival date: 9th March, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 213 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 469 (235)
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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D Wong on 20th August, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
5th April 1832
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

GEORGE EWEN and RICHARD BARTLETT were indicted for stealing, on the 12th of March, 1 pair of boots, value 1s. 6d., and 1 hat, value 7s., the goods of James Mele, from the person of Frederick Mele.

JAMES MELE. I live in Farrier’s-rents, Bishopsgate; my son Frederick is four years and a half old. On the 12th of March I came home at four o’clock, and my child was missing; I had seen him at twelve o’clock, when I had been at home - I found him at five o’clock, but he had no hat or shoes.

JANE MEYER. I live with my uncle at the Dyer’s Arms, in Long-alley. On the 12th of March I was at my uncle’s window, and saw the two prisoners pass, carrying this child - Bartlett had it; it had a hat and a pair of boots on at that time - I thought all was not right, and told Mr. Roberts, who went in pursuit of them - I saw Ewen taken into custody.

ISAAC ROBERTS. I am a baker; I live five doors from Miss Meyer. I went into the house to smoke my pipe; while I was there Miss Meyer told me of this, and said it was not all right - she then went out, came in again, and said,“They are stripping the child;” I went out, and Ewen had come away - I saw Bartlett and the child on the ground: I said to Ewen, “What have you been doing to that child?” he said nothing; I pulled his coat aside, and took these boots from him - he said a boy gave them to him; I got a man to look for Bartlett, but he was gone; a young man took the child, and I took the boots to the officer, who found the parents.

JAMES BROWN. I am an officer. On the day stated, the witness brought Ewen and the boots to me; I took Bartlett on the Saturday following - I cannot find the hat.(Shoes produced and sworn to.)

Bartlett’s Defence. I was at my master’s at the time of the robbery.

EWEN - GUILTY. Aged 15.


Transported for Fourteen Years.
There was another indictment against the prisoners.

Richard Bartlett arrived NSW per ‘Hercules’ 1832.

According to Old Bailey records, George was 15 years old. Founders and Survivors website, list George as 20 years old on arrival, B 1812.

George was single, a labourer, 5’2½” tall, swarthy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, large brown mark on left arm, slightly pockpitted.

1833-35 Musters: Public Works.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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