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Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, one of 286 convicts transported on the Lady Nugent, 03 December 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Johnson
Aliases: Sam, The Flying Dutchman
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st July, 1816
Occupation: Cotton spinner
Date of Death: 4th February, 1872
Age: 55 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 Life

Crime: Riotous conduct and felony
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lady Nugent
Departure date: 3rd December, 1834
Arrival date: 9th April, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 285 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 479 (241)
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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Jenny Leunig on 26th May, 2019 wrote:

Book - “Sentenced to Cross the Raging Sea” by Ross Johnson @ 2004.  The story of Sam Johnson, victim of Oldham’s Bankside Riot of 1834.  Originally sentenced to death by hanging, reduced to transportation for life to Australia and subsequently issued with a Pardon after 20 years.

D Wong on 26th May, 2019 wrote:

**Note from Moderator: Samuel was sentenced to life - he may have only served 20 years - Life sentence is usually 25 years.

Samuel Johnson was 18 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Lancashire.

Samuel was literate, protestant, single, 5’4” tall, sallow and a little pock pitted complexion, light hair, hazel eyes, scar on right eyebrow, small scar back of left hand, mark of a burn back of right hand, near the thumb.

1844: TOL Queanbeyan
3/2/1845: TOL Passport, Queanbeyan Bench
24/2/1848: TOL Passport, On the recommendation of Commissioner Gipps Land.

3/7/1852: CP
28/6/1854: Royal Pardon Warrant.

27/5/1851: Married Mary Hall, 17, arrived as a Orphan Famine girl who arrived per Pemberton 1849. Married at Roseneath,  Victoria.
Samuel listed as 34 years old.
Children listed on the VIC BDM:
Edward, and Mary (not on BDM)
1853: Ann, b Bairnsdale
1855: Sarah, b Lindenow
1860: Elizabeth, b Stratford
1862: Samuel, b Stratford
1864: George Robert, b Stratford
1866: David, b, Stratford
1868: William Fletcher (not on BDM)
1870: Martha Smathurst, b Stratford
1872: Alfred James, b Stratford

4/2/1872: Samuel died, aged 55, at Stratford, Victoria. Father listed as Edward.

Convict Changes History

Jenny Leunig on 26th May, 2019 made the following changes:

term: 20 years (prev. 99 years), alias1: Sam, alias2: The Flying Dutchman, date of birth: 1816 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 26th May, 2019 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 20 years), date of birth: 21st July, 1816 (prev. 1816), date of death: 4th February, 1872 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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