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Samuel Phillips, one of 168 convicts transported on the Mary, 15 December 1829
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||13th April, 1886
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 261 (133)
||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