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Stephen Little

Stephen Little, one of 172 convicts transported on the Minerva, 08 July 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Little
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Harrier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing trousers
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 8th July, 1824
Arrival date: 19th November, 1824
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 176
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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Diane Archer on 17th November, 2014 wrote:

Chronology of events affecting life of Stephen Little

1808   Born - possibly Woodford, Surrey
14 April 1823   Tried - Surrey Quarter Sessions. 
  Crime - Shop Robbery. 
  Sentence -  7 years
19 November 1824   Arrived Sydney per ‘Minerva’.     
  Assigned -  Daniel Cooper
14 December 1824   Returned to Government by Mr. D. Cooper
27 December 1824   Convicted of stealing pair of trowsers. 
  Sentence -  Treadmill for 12 days
27 December 1824   Received at Carters Barracks from Police - 14 days on treadmill
15 January 1825     Discharged to Hyde Park Barracks.
22 January 1825     Assigned to Mr. Jobbins, Sydney
11 March 1825     Returned to Government
18 March 1825       Assisgned to Mr. Thomas Street, Sydney to burn lime
  on account of Government
7 July 1825           Received at Her Majesty Government Hospital
12 July 1825         Discharged from Hospital
6 September 1825   Received at Carters Barracks
28 November 1825   Still at Carters Barracks
11 December 1827   Transported to Moreton Bay per ‘Windsor Bach’. 
  Crime:  Gaol Robbery
1828                   1828 Census -  Residence - Moreton Bay (Ref. 0917)
16 February 1830     Request from Colonial Secretary re Stephen Little witness to     murder trial to be sent to Sydney
24 April 1830         Returned to Moreton Bay
31 January 1831     Received Certificate of Freedom [No. 31/47]
22 February 1831     Committed for Trial -  Sydney Police Office
26 April 1831         Trial for larceny
28 April 1831         Convicted.  Sentence -  to be transported to penal settlement     Sydney Quarter Sessions - April 1831

Stephen Little arrived in Australia on the 19th November 1824 on board the ‘Minerva’ after being tried for stealing.  His trial was conducted on the 14th April 1823 at Horsemanger, Cambridgeshire following which he was sentenced to seven years transportation to the colony of New South Wales

Convict Indent
Indent No.            105
Trde or calling         Hostler
Tried                   Horsemanger, Cam.
When                 14th April 1823
Sentence                   7 years
Age                     16 years
Native place:            Woodford, Surrey
Height               5’2”
Eyes                     Blue
Hair                     Brown
Complexion             Brown
Remarks               ‘Tolerable’
To whom assigned     Daniel Cooper

During his time in New South Wales Stephen was also convicted of a number of other offences.  These included a conviction for ‘Stealing a pair of trowsers’ for which, on the 27 December 1824, he was sentenced to a period of 12 days on the treadmill.

Sydney Gazette - 26 January 1826
James Pier, Michael Spearman, and Stephen Little, prisoners o the crown, belonging to the Carters’ Barracks, were brought up on a charge of having stolen a quantity of peaches from the orchard of a person near Sydney, and when detected, with grossly assaulting and threatening the proprietor.  The case was perfectly made out against the two first named prisoners, and as it appeared they were all absent from the Barracks at the time the robbery was effected, the Bench disposed of them as follows:  Pier and Spearman to receive one hundred lashes each, and Little 25.

Sydney Gazette -  1 March 1826
Edward Dogherty, Stephen Little, and James Buckley, prisoners of the crown, on three separate charges by three of their respective overseers, for using threatening and abusive language towards them, were sentenced 25 lashes each.

1828 Census
LITTLE, Stephen
No age shown
Free or Bond - none shown
Sentence -  3 years
Residence -  Moreton Bay
Ref. No.  -  L.0917

Sydney Gazette - 24 February 1831

The undermentioned person have obtained Certificates of Freedom, during the last week:
Included in this list is Stephen Little (Minerva 5)

Convict Changes History

Diane Archer on 31st December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1808, gender

Diane Archer on 17th November, 2014 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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