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Samuel Mortlock

Samuel Mortlock, one of 186 convicts transported on the Lord William Bentinck, 28 April 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Mortlock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 1865
Age: 67 years

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 potatoes
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord William Bentinck
Departure date: 28th April, 1832
Arrival date: 28th August, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 185 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 337 (169)
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 18th April, 2014 wrote:

Bury and Suffolk Herald 16/3/1832:
Samuel Mortlock of Cavendish, aged 34 years was convicted of having stolen 2© bushels of potatoes the property of John Firman a farmer of Cavendish. 7 years transportation.

Samuel was sentenced to transportation before - 7 years for stealing cheese - served 1 year and 9 months at Portsmouth.

Samuel was 5’1 1/4” or 5’10 1/4” tall, blue eyes, light brown hair, several moles on neck, married - wife Mary and 2 or 3 children at native place of Cavendish.

1832/33: Assigned to Mr Gunn.
1835: Was a constable.

By 1838: had a TOL
1842: Free Certificate.

From “The Mortlock Blacksmiths”
Samuel of Freckenham born in 1787. The gaps in the birth order of his children fit with his enforced absences, and his unfortunate wife may be the Mary who had children in Cavendish without the assistance of a husband in 1828 and 1834. Some prison hulk records put Samuel as born 1794 or 1798, but I think that ‘age 21’ in those records may just mean ‘over 21’:
1. Charged with larceny at Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions 1807 but discharged
‘ignoramus’ (which probably means no witnesses turned up).
2. In Bury Gaol 7.1809 (with two FLACKS) [LG 1.7. & 8.7.1809].
3.Convicted at Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions 17.7.1815 & given 7 yrs transportation for
grand larceny (with two others) for ‘stealing from a waggon’ [IJ]. Sent to hulk Captivity,
discharged ‘FP’[?] 27.7.20.
4. Charged again and acquitted (‘no bill’) October 1827.
5. 7yrs transportation for larceny (with two others), Bury St Edmunds 7.5.1832 (but already on
board ship - on the sick list 5.5-11.5.1832); hulk Hardy ‘transported before’; transported in
Lord William Bentinck; in Tasmania 1832, 1833, 1835, 1841; ‘promoted’ 1835 in Tasmania.

No marriage found in VDL.

1865: Samuel died in Hobart.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 18th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1865 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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