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George Hemley

George Hemley, one of 389 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 10 August 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Hemley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st June, 1818
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 11th July, 1887
Age: 69 years

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 10 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Bedford General Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 10th August, 1842
Arrival date: 28th November, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 390 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 173 (88)
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

John Webster on 1st May, 2014 wrote:

George was released on good behaviour after serving 6.5 years of his original 10 year sentence. He was shipped back to the Australian mainland where he settled near Stawell in the Victorian Western District.

Please Note: He was put on board the Prison Hulk “York” on his initial incarceration not the Moffat as he arrived on in Van Diemen’s land.

D Wong on 1st May, 2014 wrote:

George was convicted, along with Christopher Kibble (Marquis of Hastings 1842 VDL) for stealing 1 sheep from Joseph and Thomas Scotchin of Langton Buzzard. 

George was held on the hulk York, the York made 2 trips to VDL arriving on 18/8/1829 and 29/12/1832 it was then used as a Hulk, which was like a prison but the inmates were allowed to go out and work.  He was then put on the Moffatt for the voyage to VDL.

George was 5’4 1/2” tall, dark brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion, single, stout made, illiterate, tattoos on left arm, blue mark on back of right hand, mole on right chest, mole on neck.
3 brothers: William, Thomas and David.

2 years Probation at Westbury.
28/11/1844: Released from first stage of Probation.

7/12/1847: TOL
4/12/1849: CP

16/6/1850: Passenger per “Peri” Launceston to Adeliade.

George then returned to England and in 1851 married Eliza Chandler at Shoreditch, Middlesex.

They returned to Victoria and had 14 children.

George died at Stawell, Victoria.

Convict Changes History

John Webster on 1st May, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 21st June, 1818 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th July, 1887 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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