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Samuel Mobbs

Samuel Mobbs, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Mobbs
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1764
Occupation: Plaisterer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Scarborough
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 26th January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 16 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 5
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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Kaye Brooks on 20th May, 2017 wrote:

Samuel was 23 when he was transported in Jan 1787 and arrived in NSW 22 Jan 1788 on board the Scarborough..
Value of handkerchief was 1 shilling the property of John Evans.
Trial place Old Bailey.on 21 Apr 1784.
Web site Firstfleet.thruhere.net/convict states he left the Colony in 1792 but he was executed in Sydney on 11 Mar 1796 (for robbery?). 
Burial records state that all Buriels in Sydney in 1796 were at the Old Sydney Burial Ground.
Search of Ancestry reveals a ‘Samuel Mobbs’ whose age is.
Consistent with First Fleet Samuel who was baptized 25 May 1765 at Aston North, Oxfordshire, England whose Mother is listed as Mary.  Unable to confirm unfortunately.
Refs also include your site as well as Australianhistoryresearch.info as well as Ancestry.com

NB his occupation was Plasterer and not Plaister as stated in your drop down list of occupations.  Perhaps you could correct.

Kaye Brooks on 20th May, 2017 wrote:

Hanging was on 16 Mar 1797 for Burglary and reference is Wikipedia - List of people legally executed in Australia - en.wikipedia.org

D Wong on 21st May, 2017 wrote:

The Samuel Mobbs who was executed in 1796 was the one that arrived per ‘MATILDA’ 1791.

Old Bailey:
SAMUEL MOBBS, Theft > grand larceny, 21st April 1784.

Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

SAMUEL MOBBS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 7th of April, one cotton handkerchief, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of John Evan .
On the 7th of this month I lost my handkerchief in High-street, St. Giless , at a quarter past three in the afternoon; I saw the prisoner at the bar with two unhappy girls as I think, coming out of a publick-house in High-street, I thought he looked very suspicious, I put my hand in my pocket, in order to secure my pocket, and in about a minute he came running by me, and I found his hand in my pocket.
Was your handkerchief in that pocket, or had you taken it out? - I believe not, he took my handkerchief out, and he shook his hand at me, I followed him down a little way, and he whipped into a publick-house, I had my gold watch and a great deal of money, I was afraid to go after him.
Did you say he shook the handkerchief at you? - He did my Lord, by way of ridicule, or to let the two girls see he had taken it, I saw him go into a publick-house, I cannot tell the name or the sign, I went and got some assistance, and came to take him, and the women said to me, the person you want is not here, I looked round backwards and forwards, and I saw him through a glass door stuck up between two water butts in the yard, upon that I and three more went round and took him to Justice Walker’s.
Did you ever find your handkerchief? - No.
Are you quite sure he is the man you saw with your handkerchief in his hand? - Yes, when he was taken before Justice Walker, they called him by his name, I knew him well.

I was going through St. Giles’s, and I saw that gentleman and I walked by him, I went to the publick-house to have a pint of beer, I went backwards, and this gentleman and some others came and took me to Justice Walker, he wanted to value the handkerchief at five shillings, and the Justice would not let him, then he wanted to value it at two shillings and sixpence, then at one shilling and sixpence.
Have you any friends to speak for you to shew that you are an honest man? - No.
What way of life are you in? - I am a plaisterer.
Transported for seven years.

Samuel Mobbs was on Norfolk Island.  He co-habitated with Martha Baker and they also shared a pig.  She had married Walter Batley 21/2/1788 at Sydney Cove and had been previously married to Thomas Baker in England.  She left Norfolk Island on 2/11/1793.

Family name(s) MOBBS
Given name(s) Samuel
Alternate name(s)
Sex Male
Occupation Plasterer
Age when departed England 23
Trial date 21 April 1784
Trial place Old Bailey, London
Crimes Stealing a cotton handkerchief
Value of crimes 1 shillings
Original sentence Transportation
Transported for 7 years
Ship Scarborough
***Date left colony 1792(?)

Kaye Brooks on 7th May, 2019 wrote:

Please delete my reference to death date, hanging and burial as apparently this relates to another Samuel Mobbs who came as a convict and arrived in July, 1971.

Kaye Brooks on 13th November, 2019 wrote:

The incorrect information was entered for Samuel Mobbs by me previously.  The First Fleet Samuel was not hung and this referred to the second Samuel who also came as a convict but in 1791.

Convict Changes History

Kaye Brooks on 20th May, 2017 made the following changes:

voyage, date of death: 11th March, 1796 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 21st May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 11th March, 1796)

Iris Dunne on 8th May, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1764 (prev. 0000), crime

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