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Simon Lear

Simon Lear, one of 125 convicts transported on the Shipley, 20 December 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Simon Lear
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1847
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 20th December, 1816
Arrival date: 24th April, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 124 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 318
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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Phil Hands on 1st April, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Devon Assizes and sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
Left England on 20th December 1816.
Ship:- the ‘Shipley’ sailed with 125 male conivcts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 24th April 1817.

Described as a dentist and corn operator, In 1818 he was advertising in the Sydney Gazette:
“Simon Lear, Dentist and Corn Operator, No. 7, Castlereagh-street, respectfully informs the Public at large, that he makes a perfect Cure of Corns without Pain. N. B.,-Artificial Teeth made in a most perfect manner, and the Teeth cleansed from the Scurvy and other Disorders, and brought to a beautiful white”

Simeon acheived dubious distinction of being the very first medical practitioner to be sturck off the register by the newly appointed medical board in 1820 on the basis that he was not qualified to practice as a physician or surgeon. On 29th July 1820 the Sydney Gazette published an article which had been prompted by Australia’s first medical board to bring peoples attention to the fact that Hyams (who was accredited with being the first dentist in NSW) and Lear were not properly trained and therefore unqualified to practice as physicians and surgeons.
This does not seem to have affected his career, because by 1828 he still operated a dentist sugery in Sydney, as well as being an oculist, and sold “exotic snuff” as a remedy for headaches.

Simeon Lear owned land in Elizabeth Street, Sydney which upon his death was left in trust to the Jewish Philanthropic Institute.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 1st April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1847 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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