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George Searls

George Searls, one of 280 convicts transported on the Eden, 12 March 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Searls
Aliases: George Sales
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Essex, Chelmsford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eden
Departure date: 12th March, 1842
Arrival date: 5th July, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 18
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 26th July, 2012 wrote:

George Searls - Convict no. 61993. Tried at Chelmsford, Essex - stealing wheat. Previous convictions. 7yrs Transportation sentence - to Van Diemen’s Land. Arrived 5 Jul 1842 on Eden (2), voyage 193. 5’6 1/2"; 40 yrs; married, 2chn; protestant; can read.Native Place - Little Braxton, Essex.
Almost clear record in Tasmania.
Brothers - Robert & Charles.
Wife - Jane, at Great Totham.
Father - John

Ticket of Leave 17 Jan 1846.

Applied for permission to remarry: to Ellen Magon (free) on 5 Dec 1854.

NOTE IN CONDUCT BOOK: See George SALES no. 1401.
Are they one and same person? Sales does not have own record in the ‘Eden’ Record book.
Both Sales & Searls are listed on the ‘Eden’ on Tasmanian Archives records.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st March, 2013 wrote:

George SALES (former convict 5370 per ‘Eden’ - under Searls or Sales) - tried and convicted at Oatlands, Tasmania on 28/12/1848 for stealing (2 bushels of barley v. 10/- for property of David Taylor). 7yr sentence.

15mths Probation at Port Arthur penal settlement.
29 days gained by extra work.
1848 description: married; Protestant; can read; farm labourer; aged 40yrs; fresh complexion; black hair; Hazel eyes.
Native Place: Little Braxton, Essex, England.

Previously transported on the ‘Eden’ for stealing wheat in 1842. Free by servitude Oct 1847.

1851: L. Asylum
1852: Ticket of Leave
1852: Ticket of Leave revoked - absent
1853: Ticket of Leave restored
13/09/1853: Conditional Pardon

(There is a death of a George Sales in 1857 Launceston which could be this same man?)

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 26th July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1802-00-00, gender m

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st March, 2013 made the following changes:


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