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Samuel Gaskin

Samuel Gaskin, one of 216 convicts transported on the Clyde, 20 August 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Gaskin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 13th May, 1805
Occupation: Shipwright
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Clyde
Departure date: 20th August, 1830
Arrival date: 18th December, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 215 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 469 (237)
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

Robert Sear on 27th September, 2016 wrote:

Samuel was baptized at St James Church Clerkenwell , London on 2 June 1805, the parish record also list his date of birth as 13 May 1805. His parents were Joseph Gaskin and Ann Percival who were married in the same church on 1st October 1792.
Samuel’s crime was to steal a pony the prpoerty of William Booth at Walworth in London

D Wong on 28th September, 2016 wrote:

Samuel Gaskin was married;  Wife Ann &c in Kingsland Road Shoreditch.

Previous convictions: once for house breaking at Maldon - tried and accquitted.

1830-1833 Musters: Public Works
1835: Assigned to Mr. Ratcliffe.

By 1839: Had TOL

11/1/1839 Hobart Town Courier:
Samuel Gaskin, a ticket-of-leave man, and John West, a Government labourer, were charged with being out after hours. Mr.
District Constable Watkins stated he was in the course of his rounds about 11 o’clock the preceding night, and hearing much merriment at the Bee Hive public-house, he stepped in and joined the party by way of reconnoitre, where he found the waiter and another channting a glee, an amateur at the pianoforte, and West reciting, and six or seven constables, of different sorts, listening to the amusement. He took those he supposed to be prisoners out of the house, and ordered the constables out, and this morning he discovered the glee singer, Gaskin, applying for his pass, and then he found he was a ticket-of-leave man, and therefore detained him. Gaskin was ordered to the treadwheel 14 days, and ticket suspended.
The constables were told to be in readiness for an exhibition before the Chief Police Magistrate, and Mr. West was ordered to take a part in low comedy, on the roads, for four months.

30/7/1839 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Samuel Gaskin, Matthew Oaks, John Davis, and Richard Towser, committed for stealing wheat, the property of Mr. Lackey, were placed at the bar. -
John Davis, I shall recommend you for a pardon, as it does not appear to me you were a participator in the theft at the time it was committed, although there can be little doubt you knew it was to be committed.
Although I recommend you for a pardon, it is very likely you will stand before the Judge who will preside at the next assises, as an accessory before the fact.
There can be no doubt of you Gaskin and Oakes, and it is useless for you and Towser now to say that you are innocent ; you were there at the time, and knew that the property was in the act of being
stolen ; you were, probably, not to have had so large of the plunder, but of that I know nothing. - Your case and that of Gaskin, are the worst, and I shall make a distinction between them and the case of (paper is creased here, but it looks like) Samuel Gaskin, Matthew Oaks and Richard Towser be transported for the term of’seven years; and that you Matthew Oakes be imprisoned in the Gaol of Hobart Town for the period of twelve months-you will not be kept there, but will be taken therefrom and worked upon the roads in chains.

1843-1844: Applied many times for permission to marry Mary Conoway (Nautilius 1838) - permission refused because he could not show that his wife in England had died.

1846: Free Certificate.

8/1/1847: Mary Conoway died as Mary Gaskin (so they must have married-no info found).

31/3/1847: Permission to marry Mary Winkle (Greenlaw 1844).

2/5/1847: Married at Launceston - he was 35?? and a shipwright - she was 25.
8/1/1850: Mary died being accidently burnt when her clothes caught on fire.

No date of death found for Samuel.

Convict Changes History

Robert Sear on 27th September, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 28th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 13th May, 1805 (prev. 0000), occupation

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