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George Gordon

George Gordon, one of 170 convicts transported on the Malabar, 14 June 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Gordon
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Groom
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 Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Malabar
Departure date: 14th June, 1819
Arrival date: 30th October, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 182
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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Michelle Leihn on 8th May, 2020 wrote:

George was a native of London, arrived in NSW November 1820 aboard the brig “Malabar” under a sentence of Life transportation. He received his Ticket of Leave on the 30th April 1830 and was allowed to stay in the Bathurst District. He married Norah Sullivan a Free person in the Bathurst Church Of England 24th December 1832. (Marriage Certificate online)  both Norah’s parents were Convicts. Timothy Sullivan & Catherine Sullivan. Timothy was shot at Hen & Chicken Bay, Sydney. Catherine Sullivan later married Emmanuel Elliot. Norah Had the following sisters, Mary, Margaret & Jane. They all ended up in the Female Orphanage in Parramatta and Indented out at the ages of 12. Mary & Jane married convicts and are buried in the Bigga Area. His wife Norah has not been found in death records. George Gordon’s Obituary reads - No mention of Convict past. When he arrived in the Colony for many years he was engaged as a Clerk at Carter’s Barracks, Sydney and at the Old Female Factory at Parramatta. He then for a large number of years was employed in Stock-Keeping, clerk at verious squattages in the Southern & Western parts of the colony. He resided in Crookwell, NSW for 20 years (His wife Norah’s family, were all living in the area at the time.) His time in Crookwell, he filled the position of School-Master and Postmaster. He was up until his death in Sept 1874 a church warden of The Church of England. Around his death in 1874 he had become Senile & had been by the looks very depressed. George had been reported missing quite a few days at a time. He was always found very unwell. He died 1st September, 1784, drowning in the Crookwell River, a local waterhole and the inquest returned a verdict of suicide, while temporarily insane. George was buried by his family Crookwell Cemetery, Crookwell, NSW Australia. They had 5 Children

D Wong on 8th May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
17th February 1819
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

GEORGE GORDON was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of January, one watch, value 3 l., the property of Tante Frederick Myer, from his person.

TANTE FREDERICK MYER. I live in Duncan-street, Whitechapel. On the 20th of February, between nine and ten o’clock at night, I was walking along Whitechapel with a friend, the prisoner ran against me, and took my watch out - I laid hold of him, and took it from him, as he was handing it to another person - it was all done in a moment.

- CLARK. I was with the prosecutor, and saw the prisoner take the watch. He was secured as he was giving it to another.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 16.
Transported for Life.

George Gordon was listed as 18 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.


George was 5’4” tall, fair ruddy complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes.

27/12/1830: TOL Bathurst - listed as a labourer.

29/11/1832: Permission to marry Norah Sullivan - she was 17, born in the Colony - he was 31 and had a TOL.

Convict Changes History

Michelle Leihn on 8th May, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 8th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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