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George Filewood

George Filewood, one of 170 convicts transported on the Royal Sovereign, 25 July 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Filewood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Bootmaker
Date of Death: 20th June, 1854
Age: 50 years

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 7 years

Crime: Theft of boots
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Sovereign
Departure date: 25th July, 1835
Arrival date: 12th December, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 170 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 119 (62)
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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Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 wrote:

George was married to Susannah Firth. She was convicted of receiving stolen goods but found "Not Guilty". They had 1 female child.
He travelled to Austrlai with his brother James, convicted of the same crime.

D Wong on 9th March, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey:
GEORGE FILEWOOD, JAMES FILEWOOD, Theft > stealing from master, Theft > receiving, 4th September 1834.

Reference Number: t18340904-115
Offences: Theft > stealing from master; Theft > receiving
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Transportation

GEORGE FILEWOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May, 46 pairs of boots, value £20; and 150 pairs of shoes, value £30; the goods of James Lloyd, his master: and JAMES FILEWOOD was indicted for receiving 20 pairs of boots, value £10; and 30 pairs of shoes, value £7; part of the said goods, well knowing them to be stolen, against the Statute, &c.

3rd COUNT. For feloniously receiving of an evil-disposed person, the said part of the said goods, knowing the same to have been stolen, against the Statute, &c.

JAMES LLOYD. I am a shoemaker , and live in Coventry-street. The prisoner, George Filewood, was my shopman about eighteen months - I received information, and have seen a great number of boots and shoes, which I know to be mine; they were found at the pawnbroker’s.
that is all.

**The trial continued++

George Filewood’s Defence. I never had any thing to do with any of them - when Mr. Pyatt was before the magistrate, he said he had seen me in his shop, but could not swear to my pawning any of the shoes.
James Filewood’s Defence. I have been in the habit of buying and selling shoes many years - I attend sale-rooms - I bought a great many in King-street, Convent-garden - no man alive can swear to them.
(Henry Hudson, boot and shoe-maker, in Lime street; and John Gardiner, a brush-maker, gave the prisoner George Filewood a good character.)

Transported for Seven Years.

The trial of Susannah Filewood – wife of George:
GEORGE FILEWOOD, SUSANNAH FILEWOOD, Theft > stealing from master, Theft > receiving, 4th September 1834.

Reference Number: t18340904-116
Offences: Theft > stealing from master; Theft > receiving
Verdicts: Not Guilty
GEORGE FILEWOOD was again indicted for stealing, on the 30th of December, 3 pair of shoes, value 12s. the goods of James Lloyd, his master; and SUSANNAH FILEWOOD for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen, against the Statute, &c.
JAMES LLOYD. I am a shoemaker - the prisoner, George Filewood, was in my employ - I know these three pair of shoes are mine - they have my own writing on them.

ROBERT COX. I am shopman to a pawnbroker, in Great Charlotte-street, Blackfriars-road. The two prisoners were in the habit of pawning shoes, and I supposed they were husband and wife; but when they came again I found they were not - on the 30th of December, the female prisoner came and brought this pair of shoes (I had had this other pair of them before) - she said they were her husband’s, and that her name was Ann Brown, of Cornwall-road - I said I suspected they were not honestly come by- I sent a lad to inquire if she lived there, and she did not - I then said she must give me her own name, and she gave me her right name - she said she would send her husband, but she went away, and I saw no more of her till she was in custody.
MARY ANN RHODES. I was nursing Mrs. Filewood, the prisoner, and she gave me two pair of shoes to pawn for her - I gave her the money.
JOSEPH PARKER. I am a pawnbroker. I have two pair of shoes pawned by Rhodes.
MR. LLOYD. These are my property - some of them have my writing on them.

Susannah Filewood’s Defence. I had them of my husband, James Filewood.
(There was another indictment against George Filewood.)

1840: TOL Parramatta.

1/7/1854 The Maitland Mercury:
Magisterial Inquiry.-On Wednesday, the 21st June, an inquiry was instituted, before Charles Boydell, Esq , J.P., touching the death of George Filewood, who died suddenly at Clevedon, on the previous day.
From the evidence of Thomas Clegg it appeared that the deceased came to Clegg’s hut about noon. Witness heard him cough and call for water, saying he had broken a blood-vessel.
He saw blood coming from his mouth. He helped him into the hut, where he died almost immediately.
Thomas Jones, the tenant of the adjoining hut, and Mr. James M’Cormick, the proprietor of the farm, witnessed his death.
Deceased was a shoemaker by trade, of a weakly emaciated appearance; during his residence on the farm he had been sober and steady. In consequence of the river being flooded, Mr. M’Cormick was not able to send either for the doctor or coroner.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 31st March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1808-00-00, gender m

D Wong on 9th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 1808), date of death: 20th June, 1854 (prev. 0000)

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