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Samuel Pawsey

Samuel Pawsey, one of 170 convicts transported on the Bussorah Marchant, 24 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Pawsey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 1855
Age: 43 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: Grand larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bussorah Merchant
Departure date: 24th March, 1828
Arrival date*: 24th November, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 358
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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sms on 26th January, 2013 wrote:

Samuel was convicted at the young age of 14 on the 11th May 1826 for the theft of twenty-seven books and twelve pamphlets from brothers James and Joseph Robins.The Robins brothers servant Thomas Scott was delivering package of books and pamphlets when he came across Samuel and his (16 yo) friend John Smith .In the Old bailey Thomas Scott said On the 20th of April I received the bag with the books and pamphlets about twelve o’clock; I took it down Ludgate-hill, where I saw Pawsey - he asked if I had not a heavy load; I said, “Rather so;” he asked where I was going; I said, “On to Saunders’, in Fleet-street;” he walked on to Bridge-street, and then asked if I had a mind to earn 3d. - I said, “How do you mean?” he said, “To go to a house down the first turning in Bride-lane;” he said I must have another person to go with me - he tapped the other prisoner on the shoulder, and asked him to go with me; we then went down Bride-lane , to go to No. 7, down a turning, the name of which I forget, where we were to get two bobbins of silk; Smith and I were going on; Pawsey then said I could not go in with my bag, and I must leave it at a door - I said, “You will not open it;” he said No; we were then going straight on towards Fleet-street; I said the other lad did not say that, and I would run back and ask him- I went back, and saw that Pawsey had got my bag on his shoulder, and was walking away; I called to him, and took it from him. Samuel Pawsey and John Smith faced the old bailey for this tricky attempt of theft on the 11th May 1826,both were convicted and sentenced to 7 years Transportation.Samuel Died in Goulburn Gaol in August,1855.He Was A sailor By This Time

sms on 28th January, 2013 wrote:

Correction to earlier Contribution>(He Was A sailor By This Time)is incorrect.When he first arrived of the ship he is recorded as being an errand boy,At the time of his death he is recorded as being a tailor

Convict Changes History

sms on 26th January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1812, date of death 1855, gender, occupation, crime

sms on 28th January, 2013 made the following changes:


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