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Samuel Harrison

Samuel Harrison, one of 322 convicts transported on the Barossa, 09 May 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 1910
Age: 90 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Barossa
Departure date: 9th May, 1844
Arrival date: 5th September, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 96
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 August, 2011 wrote:

Samuel was found guilty of assaulting John Harford on the highway and stealing his watch on the evening of 25th September 1842.  Samuel was with Daniel Wingrove and John Harford testified that he spoke to Samuel and Daniel Wingrove as he passed them but that in a short time they overtook him and ran against him, one seized him around the waist while the other took the watch out of his pocket. 

It is reported that Daniel Wingrove who was apprehended soon after the incident, was tried, found guilty and transported.  Samuel however left the area and wasn’t caught until October 1843.  He was imprisoned until the Spring Somerset Assizes were held in Taunton.  Samuel admitted his guilt but said that he was led into it by Daniel Wingrove.  Samuel was found guilty on 30th March 1844 but his sentence was deferred.
I have yet to find out when he was sentenced.

Daniel was convicted on 13th March 1843 at Somerset Assizes (a year and a couple of weeks earlier then Samuel) and was sentenced for ten years.  He was Transported to Van Dieman’s Land on the vessel Sir George Seymour and the voyage is dated as 5th November 1844 on his Transportation Record. 

This means that Samuel arrived in Tasmania almost 6 months earlier then Daniel.

I’ve searched the 1841 census for a John Harford and found a possibility for him in Road, Frome.  If I have the right John, he was a Shopkeeper aged 70 and is living with a lady about 20 years younger named Bathsheba Harford. 

In 1851 the census says John born in Road, Frome, Somerset in abt 1764 formerly a gate keeper now aged 84 and his wife Bathsheba born in Wiltshire in abt 1787 now aged 64 are still in Road, Frome.  It’s possible John died not long after in 1851 and Bathsheba’s death is registered in the March quarter of 1857 in Frome, Somerset.  John had married Bathsheba Gunston in June quarter 1838 in Frome, Somerset.

Peter Harrison on 29th November, 2015 wrote:

After his pardon he became a constable and was based in Fingal. He re married in Tasmania in 1858 to Louisa Thomas who was 19. In 1878 he discovered Tin in Ruby Flats Tasmania. We think he was mining until his death

Peter Harrison on 6th September, 2018 wrote:

Samuel married Loiuisa Thomas in 1858 and they went on the have 9 children, During this time Samuel was a constable

Convict Changes History

Peter Harrison on 29th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1910 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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