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Samuel Hale

Samuel Hale, one of 180 convicts transported on the Almorah, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Hale
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Almorah
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 29th August, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 182 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 340
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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Gail Tregear on 25th May, 2017 wrote:

Street named after him in Googon NSW

D Wong on 26th May, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
SAMUEL HALE, Royal Offences > coining offences, 4th December 1816.

Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty
Punishment: Transportation

SAMUEL HALE was indicted for having a forged Bank of England note in his possession, knowing it to be forged. The prisoner pleaded guilty.
Transported for Fourteen Years.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
HALE, Samuel. Per “Almorah”, 1817

1817 Sep 1:  Signed testimonial to surgeon on “Almorah” (Reel 6047; 4/1739 pp.237-9)

1823 Jun 25:  On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.56)

1823 Sep 23:  Servant of Robert Turnbull of South Creek. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3236; 4/1870 p.83)

1828: TOL Liverpool

1828 Census: Dairyman to Timothy Beard at ‘Quinbean’ on the Limestone Plains. Owns 2 acres of land, 15 horses and 300 cattle.

8/12/1830: COF

His son James Thatcher, married Lucy
Robinson at the Batchelors’ Quarters at “Jerrabomberra” station in 1841.

No date of death found.

Leonie Fretwell on 13th September, 2017 wrote:

Samuel Hale was the husband of Martha Thatcher, tried, and found guilty at the OB on 16 April 1817, for possessing forged notes. She was one of the 101 female convicts on the Friendship which left England in July 1818. She was accompanied by 3 children. Martha Thatcher died from dysentery at sea on 7 December 1817.

Maureen Withey on 9th September, 2021 wrote:

175 of the men on Almorah were sent to Van Diemen’s Land per Pilot, soon after they arrived at Syney.

However, Samuel Hale was not sent:

Tasmanian Record.
List of 175 male convicts arrived per Ship Almorah, Mckissock, Master, on the 4th September 1817, from England, and thence transhipped to the ship Pilot, Pexton, Master, for Van Diemen’s Land to be landed at Hobart Town on the River Derwent. Sydney 11 Sep 1817, With their sentences extracted from their indents.


Samuel Hale#  Tried at London, 4 Dec 1816, 14 years, age 34, native place, Berkshire, Trade: farmer, 5 ft 2 ¾ in tall. Hazel eyes, brown hair, fair ruddy comp. Very well behaved.
Note at bottom of page: # Not sent per Pilot but to proceed to thither as Servant to Doctor Bromley when he goes for Port Dalrymple.

Convict Changes History

Gail Tregear on 25th May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 26th May, 2017 made the following changes:


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