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George Palmer

George Palmer, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Palmer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1834
Age: 44 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 379 (191)
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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Denis Pember on 4th January, 2017 wrote:

George is recorded in the 1828 Census:
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[Ref P0083] Palmer, George, 38, TL, Ocean, 1817, Life, Labourer at Bathurst.

In 1829, at Kelso in the Central Tablelands, he married Mary Ann Baylis. He was aged 39 and she was 19.  Mary Ann was the daughter of Joseph Baylis (NSW Corps, 1790, “Surprize”) and Ann Taylor (Convict, 1810, “Earl Cornwallis”).

Denis Pember on 4th January, 2017 wrote:

George and Mary Ann had 3 children; George 1830, John 1832 and Ann 1834.
George died in 1834, leaving Mary Ann a widow with three very young children.
On January 6th 1835, Mary married James Lane Bray at Kelso. James was a free immigrant who had arrived on “Belinda” to Van Diemens Land, in 1823, he then aged only 13.
James and Mary Ann had a further 5 children.

Greg Stephenson on 23rd January, 2017 wrote:

George Palmer was born on the 15th March 1790 in Ashbrittle, Somerset, England.

His marriage with Mary Ann Baylis produced 3 children:

George Palmer Junior was born 13th July 1830 in Kelso, NSW. He married Elizabeth Anne Mutton on the 1st June 1853 at Woodland Cottage in Bathurst, NSW. They had 14 children. George Palmer Jnr died on 9th August 1906 in at “Ethelton”, Vale Road, bathurst, NSW.

John Lambie Palmer was born 4th June 1832 in Kelso, NSW. He married Margaret Yates Beatty on the 8th January 1861 in Bathurst. They had 12 children. John Palmer died on the 17th January 1884 in Perthvale, Bathurst, NSW.

Anne Palmer was born 11th August 1834 in Kelso, NSW. She married Edward Henry Mutton on the 13th May 1862 in Wordsworth Cottage, Charlotte’s Vale, Bathurst, NSW. They had 10 children before her death on the 17th September 1875 in a private hospital in Margaret Street, Sydney

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 4th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Ann Marie Gould on 19th March, 2020 made the following changes:


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