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George Mogg

George Mogg, one of 180 convicts transported on the Chapman, 06 April 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Mogg
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 33 years

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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 27th July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 143 (73)
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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D Wong on 31st December, 2016 wrote:

16/8/1823 Bristol Mirror Bristol, England:
Jacob Pow, George Mogg, and John Taylor for Burglary - sentenced to death.

Father and Mother at N.P. Quantock ### (Somerset) Laborer Parish of North {Palkiston}

1830-32 Musters: Assigned to Mr. W. Smith.

28/7/1834: TOL
1835: Public Works
21/8/1837: CP

23/8/1837 The Hobart Town Courier:
Police-office, Hobart,
August 23, 1837.
REWARD-Conditional Pardon, Ticket of Leave and £50 !
WHEREAS information is now before me that would lead to a strong supposition, that George Mogg, holding a ticket of leave, lately residing in the district of Launceston, has been barbarously and inhumanly murdered, by some person or persons, as yet unknown ; the upper part of the body of the said George Mogg, having been found in the River Tamar, and which appears to have been cut in two parts with a knife. This is to give notice that I am authorised by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor to offer the reward of a recommendation to the King’s mercy for a conditional pardon to any convict holding a ticket of leave, or for a ticket of leave to any convict without indulgence, who may afford such information as may lead to the conviction of the supposed murderer or muderers ; and in addition to the above reward I am further authorised to offer the sum of fifty pounds to any person who shall perform the said service.
M. Forster, Chief Police Magistrate.

26/8/1837 The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston:
The adjourned Inquest on the body of George Mogg, took place this day at the Hospital— when, after a lengthy and patient investigation— the Jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Charles Gardner, (that should read ‘John Gardiner’ - have yet to find his ship) who is committed for trial upon the Coroner’s warrant.

11/11/1837 The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston:
The following is the confession or John Gardner : —
On Monday night, about half past eight o’clock, the man, Mogg, was sitting on the chair at his work, I lifted the axe and struck him on the side of the head for the sake of his money; the money was five one pound notes ; I took him and buried him in the garden; he there remained eight or nine days ; I then took him up and carried him to the river, put him in a boat and took him into the channel, cut in two halves; no-one had anything to do with or knew any thing about it but myself; I broke open his box and got two dollars out of it ; there was not a stain of blood or any thing that could lead to a discovery, which tells me that it was God’s will that it should be found out; I make this confession, that God may be glorified ; it is his will and l cannot resist it; not drink, but covetousness and love of money induced me to do this.
John Gardiner,
his X mark.
Thursday, 6th November, 1837.

10/11/1837: John Gardiner was hung at His Majesty’s Gaol, Launceston.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 31st December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Ann Marie Gould on 2nd May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000)

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