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George Loveless, one of 240 convicts transported on the William Metcalf, 23 May 1834
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
||'ploman' & farm labourer
|Date of Death:
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 365 (184)
||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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greg petersen on 28th January, 2017 wrote:
George Loveless a co-Founder of a group of the ‘Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers’ was also the brother-in-law of the other co-founder Thomas Standfield. Betrayed by a fellow farm worker Edward Legg, Loveless and his co-accused were charged with swearing a secret oath to the society which was in effect a trade union. This group became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs and were tried and convicted to be transported under the unlawful oaths act of 1797.George Loveless was too ill to travel with the others and left later on the “William Metcalfe” to van Diemen’s Land.
In England they became a cause célèbre and 800,000 signatures were collected for their release. All were pardoned in March 1836 with the support of the home secretary Lord John Russell, on condition of good conduct. His return to England was delayed while he waited for news of his wife, he returned home on the 13 June 1837. Later he and his family emigrated to Canada with four of his fellow martyrs and their families. He wrote two books outlining the groups struggles, ‘The Victims of Whiggery’ and ‘The Church Shown Up’
Convict Changes History
colin robinson on 5th December, 2012 made the following changes:
greg petersen on 28th January, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1874 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation