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Stephen Lear

Stephen Lear, one of 156 convicts transported on the Maria, 26 July 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Lear
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 24th December, 1798
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 26th February, 1825
Age: 26 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: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Maria
Departure date: 26th July, 1820
Arrival date: 1st December, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 156 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 344 Gloucester Assizes: GRO Q/Gc 5/1 LA Lent Assize 1820/21 March 27 1820. Newspapers online (Trove) http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2449196
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 27th August, 2011 wrote:

Brother of William Lear (Dromedary, 1819)
Convicted with Joseph Brain, who was probably his cousin.
Executed Hobart, 26 February 1825

Bill Piper on 1st August, 2013 wrote:

In VDL he “continued to offend”, such as being absent from Muster and from Church. He was executed in Hobart, but it is difficult to ascertain the specific offence which led to that.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd August, 2013 wrote:

Article in Hobart Town Gazette 4 Mar 1825:
On Saturday last four men, named Samuel Thomas Fielding and James Chamberlain, for sheep-stealing, and STEPHEN LEAR and Henry Fry, for burglary, expiated their offences on the scaffold within the walls of Hobart Town Gaol.—Let us hope that their shameful end will operate with advantage as a caution to their criminal survivors: for transgressions have become so numerous that the law must in future take its rigid course.

Article in the Colonial Times & Tasmanian Advertiser 5 Jan 1827:
List of prisoners tried, found guilty and   executed, at Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, from the 1st of January 1823, to the 1st of January 1827 :—

1825:February 26. — Samuel T. Fielding and Jas. Chamberlaine, sheep-stealing ; STEPHEN LEAR and Henry Fry, burglary at the Surveyor General’s.”

D Wong on 1st May, 2018 wrote:

Mother was Jane Baker/Lear arrived per Morley 1820 to NSW.

Convict Changes History

Bill Piper on 1st August, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 24th December, 1798, date of death 26th February, 1825, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd August, 2013 made the following changes:


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