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Sophia Phillips

Sophia Phillips, one of 61 convicts transported on the Janus, 23 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sophia Phillips
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 1873
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Passing forged notes
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Janus
Departure date: 23rd October, 1819
Arrival date: 3rd May, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 81 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 243 (123)
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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Anonymous on 1st December, 2011 wrote:

Sophia PHILLIPS (YATES) married William PHILLIPS in 1808 at Birmingham. She and William were convicted of having forged notes in their possession and arrived in Sydney,a month apart, in 1820. She was on the "JANUS" with her children, William was on the "COROMANDEL"

Sandra Nicholls on 11th May, 2013 wrote:

she brought 4 of her children with her on the ship. See convict muster records of 1822.

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 wrote:

William Phillips had been married 9th November 1794 to one Sarah Ridley. They had at least one child, Thomas, born June 1800. Sarah died around 1805.
William then remarried, to Sophia, 30th December 1808. he was aged about 41 and she was only 18.  They then had 5 children before being tried in Warwickshire on 7th August 1819. They were both convicted of Coining Offences (having forged banknotes in their possession) and sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
William was transported on “Coromandel” and Sophia and all her surviving children came on “Janus”.
Her step-son, Thomas then aged about 20 was left in England.

In the colony, William and Sophia had a further 8 children.
The step-son, Thomas, was also tried in Warwickshire and also transported, following his father, step-mother and Step-siblings only 11 months later.

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 301…
[Ref P0742] Phillips, William, 63, ticket of leave, Coromandel, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, labourer, Goulburn Street Sydney.
[Ref P0743] Phillips, Sophia, 38, government servant, Janus, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, laundress.
[Ref P0744] Phillips, Emma, 20, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0745] Phillips, Jemima, 18, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0746] Phillips, John, 15, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0747] Phillips, Caroline, 13, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0748] Phillips, Sophia (Jun), 11, came free, Janus 1819.
[Ref P0749] Phillips, Julia, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref P0750] Phillips, Catherine, 2, born in the colony.

# Also Page 301…  The step-son and his family.
[Ref P0751] Phillips, Thomas, 26, free by servitude, Dick, 1821, 7 years, Protestant, silver plate worker, Philip Street Sydney.
[Ref P0752] Phillips, John, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref P0753] Phillips, William, 4, born in the colony.
[Ref P0754] Phillips, Edward, 18m, born in the colony.
and… on page 50…  Thomas’s wife.
[Ref B1252] Bissenet, Elnr, 28, free by servitude, Elizabeth, 1818, 7 years, Catholic, housekeeper to Thomas Phillips, Sydney.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 1st December, 2011 made the following changes:

gender f

Sandra Nicholls on 11th May, 2013 made the following changes:


Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1873 (prev. 0000)

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