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Samuel Phillips

Samuel Phillips, one of 168 convicts transported on the Mary, 15 December 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Phillips
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 13th April, 1886
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 52 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Poaching
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 15th December, 1829
Arrival date: 10th April, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 167 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 261 (133)
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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Incognito on 15th January, 2016 wrote:

Samuel Phillips, ploughman, had priors for poaching rabbits, and had served prison time twice. Third time round, in 1829, he was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation.
His record mentions trouble only twice - first, for being ‘absent after hours’ and an unreliable witness to a theft, and, second, for ‘disobeying orders’. By 1845 he was a free man.
For another seven years Samuel remained in Tasmania, working on farms. Then in 1852 he left for the Victorian goldfields. After 19 months there he sailed to Liverpool, England, arriving in February 1854. Six weeks later he married Sarah Patrick, mother of his grown-up daughter Ann, in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Samuel went home with money, presumably from the goldfields. He spent £1,000 on land, set up a farm, and built a stone cottage there. But he was never able to read or write.
Samuel returned to England on the steamship, SS Great Britain. Typically she carried 600 passengers, a crew of 145, a cow, 36 sheep, 140 pigs, 96 goats and a total of 1114 chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, and the journey took 64 days.

Convict Changes History

Incognito on 15th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th April, 1886 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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