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Miles Fieldgate

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Miles Fieldgate
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd May, 1822
Age: 48 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 unknown

Crime: -
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: unknown
Ship: Hilsborough
Departure date: October, 1798
Arrival date: 26th July, 1799
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


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Geoff Yeatman on 1st January, 2013 wrote:

The Bull’s Head Inn and an adjoining shop were built on the east side of George Street, a few blocks south of Market Street
by Robert McIntosh, a military officer, on land granted to him by the Crown. The land was later inherited by his son James.
The Bull’s Head first host was Miles Fieldgate, who arrived in Sydney as a convict on the ship Hillsborough. When the ship
arrived in Sydney on 26 July 1799 she disembarked just 205 of the 300 male passengers who had set sail from Gravesend,
England in October 1798. An outbreak of typhoid killed 95 of the convicts.
Twenty four year old Fieldgate was assigned work on the lower reaches of the Richmond River before he was given a
conditional pardon in June 1803. He was working as a baker in a “desirably situate” weatherboard building in “Spring Row,
near the end of South Street” near today’s Circular Quay, Sydney by 1807.
In 1812, at the age of 38, he married Ann Jones at Windsor, before he was appointed Clerk of Sydney’s public market, as
well as pound keeper, and a police constable in April 1814. That same year, Fieldgate’s wife had left him. He placed the
following advertisement in the Sydney Gazette on 24 September 1814:
“I hereby caution the Public, against trusting my Wife, Ann Fieldgate, she having eloped from her Home without Provocation;
and I will not hold myself responsible for any Debts she may contract. Miles Fieldgate.”
The fate of Fieldgate’s wife remains a mystery. No records of Fieldgate having children could also be found.
At the age of 42 Fieldgate turned his attentions to innkeeping and was granted a license for the Bull’s Head, located
opposite the Sydney Markets, in George Street in 1816. There were 50 licenses granted to sell liquor in Sydney that year,
including seven in George Street.
Just two years later, competition for thirsty customers intensified along George Street with the amount of licenses doubling.
Fieldgate fell ill in March 1822 and he advertised the Bull’s Head Inn for sale. He died aged 48 on 23 May 1822.

Convict Changes History

Geoff Yeatman on 1st January, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1774, date of death 23rd May, 1822, gender, occupation, crime

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