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Samuel Norster

Samuel Norster, one of 260 convicts transported on the Layton, 09 July 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Norster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Sailor
Date of Death: 1863
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Layton
Departure date: 9th July, 1839
Arrival date: 7th December, 1839
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 259 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 52
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 8th December, 2016 wrote:

16/3/1835 Sherborne Mercury Dorset, England:
Samuel Norster, 35, Joan Norster, his wife, 25, and Abraham Norster, 33, his brother, were indicted for breaking into the house of William Pearce, on the 21st of December.

Brother Abraham was also on board, but died of Consumption on 7/12/1835.

Joan/Johanna Norster was not transported - they had 4 children.

31/1/1838: Escaped the Colony - “I came out in the Bardaster. I was cockswain of the Govt Boat George Town, stowed away in a Schooner at night, do not know her name, was 9 days stowed away among the Cattle, & went to South Australia, & landed in the night no one knew I was on board, remained there about a week & shipped on Board the Royal Admiral, as a Seaman and went to California, & then Shipped on on Board the “{Kiper},” I was identified by a Countryman & was taken by the London Police.

Returned per Layton.

In 1839 he was described as 37 years old,m 5’7” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, reddish whiskers, grey eyes.

17/2/1841: TOL
1/7/1848: CP

29/8/1848: Departed Launceston to Adelaide per ‘Captain Cook’.

20/12/1856 Adelaide Observer:
Samuel Norster, ill and unable to work, subject to fits, pleaded to be admitted to the Asylum.  Had been 20 years in the colony.

1863: SA BDM - Samuel Norster died in the district of Adelaide.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1863 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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