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George Morley

George Morley, one of 301 convicts transported on the Royal Admiral, March 1800

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Morley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1769
Occupation: -
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: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Royal Admiral
Departure date: March, 1800
Arrival date: 20th November, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 271 (135)
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 17th February, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
GEORGE MORLEY, Theft > grand larceny, 19th February 1800.

Reference Number: t18000219-50
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

GEORGE MORLEY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of February , a chest of tea, value 16l. 19s. the property of George Guernier , John-Calvert Clarke , and John Jones .

JOHN PITMAN sworn. - I am servant to Messrs. Guernier, and Company, who keep the Army Labaratory, in Great Rider-street, St. James’s : On Friday the 7th of February, we lost a chest of tea from a cart, as we were going through the Strand , about two o’clock; the carman and me stopped at a public-house for a pint of beer, he saw the prisoner taking a chest of tea from the copse of the cart; upon which, I turned round and saw him myself, likewise; I then immediately ran out and secured him, at the distance of about three yards from the cart, he had the chest of tea upon his shoulder; when I stopped him, he stood about half a minute, almost, not knowing what to do; then he threw down the chest, intending to throw it on my legs; I secured him, and a number of people assisted me to take him to Bow-street, and he was taken there immediately.

THOMAS TEES sworn. - I was the carman: I stopped at the Spotted-dog, in the Strand, and I saw him, through the window, get up in the cart, and pull the chest over the copse of the cart; Pitman and I both went after him, and collared him, he had the chest of tea upon his shoulder; then we took him to Bow-street.

WILLIAM BALLARD sworn. - I was coming past the Spotted-dog, and saw the prisoner stopped by the two last witnesses; I assisted in taking him to Bow-street; as we were going along Wych-street, he offered me a one pound note to let him go; the one pound note was taken from him by the officer.

GEORGE DONALDSON sworn. - I am a constable of St. Martin’s in the Fields: The prisoner was brought, on the 7th of February, to the office, and I was ordered to search him, (produces the chest of tea); it is directed to the Military Hospital, at Gosport.

Pitman. This is the same chest.(Mr. Thomas Lucas proved the names of the Partners).

The prisoner did not say anything in his defence.

GUILTY. (Aged 30.)

Transported for seven years.

Possible marriage: NSW BDM - George Morley married Mary Wilbourne (also known as Wilby - arrived per ‘Canada 1810’).

Maureen Withey on 26th June, 2019 wrote:

The Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825, has information on this person as follows:

MORLEY, George. Per “Royal Admiral”, 1800

1822 Jun 1-18 - To be transported for seven years. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.55)

1822 - On list of convicts at Port Macquarie (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.358-9)

NSW 1828 census at Parramatta, lists George Morely, age 60, Govt. emp., Ship Royal Adminral, , arr, 1800, employed as oversser, resident at School Road.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th February, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1769 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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