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Lawrence Shannon

Lawrence Shannon, one of 260 convicts transported on the Surrey, 09 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lawrence Shannon
Aliases: Israel Lawrence Shannon
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 30th January, 1813
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 4th December, 1893
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 9th April, 1834
Arrival date: 17th August, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 335 (169)
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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Denis Pember on 3rd July, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey (t18310512-145). Trial 12/05/1831
LAWRENCE SHANNON, Theft > simple larceny, 12th May 1831.
1134. LAWRENCE SHANNON was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of April , 3 razors, value 3s.; 1 shaving-box, value 4d.; 1 shaving brush, value 2d.; 1 pair of trousers, value 2s.; 1 chain, value 2s.; 1 seal, value 6d.; 1 hair-brush, value 1s.; 1 comb, value 4d.; 1 book, value 6d., and 1 halfpenny , the property of Elijah Farmer .

ELIJAH FARMER . I am a plumber and glazier - I lodge in Baker’s-row, Mile-end-road ; I have been there four or five years. The prisoner came there about eight days before this happened - I believe he is a slippermaker; I went out between five and six o’clock in the morning, on the 13th of April - I left the prisoner there; he slept in the same room - my box was near the bed; it was locked - when I came home the hinges were nearly off, and I missed the articles stated out of it; the prisoner was then gone - I did not see him again till the 26th, when he was in custody at Worship-street; I have not found any of my property - he had given no notice of leaving; I expected him to come home in the evening.

MARY COBB . I am mistress of the house - the prosecutor has been with me for years. The prisoner came there on the 1st of April, to lodge by the week - on the 18th he left without notice; about half-past seven o’clock after the prosecutor was gone, I heard him come down and shut the door - he never returned; he took away his night-cap and his property - the prosecutor complained of losing his property; I went the same evening to where the prisoner had told me I might have his address, No. 38, Great Garden-street - as I went up the steps I saw him at the window; I went into the passage - the room door was locked; I saw a young woman, who made a sort of stammor - I said I wanted the prisoner, and it was of no use denying it, for I had seen him; she then went into the back room, and said, “You had better come forward, she has seen you;” he then came forward, and I accused him of it - he denied it; I said, “The young man is at the corner of the street, and you had better go with me to him;” he went with me part of the way, and then ran away - my brother, who was with me, ran after him, but did not like to follow him further; we afterwards heard he was at No. 21, Baker’s-row - we sent for him; he was denied, but the officer got him.

Prisoner. You said you would give charge of me. Witness. Yes, I did, and I would if I could have got an officer.

Prisoner’s Defence. I did not run - the prosecutor’s room door was wide open, and there was free access for any of the lodgers; I had not time to return to my lodgings - she came the same afternoon; I never did such a thing - I was at my father’s house, and my sister told me she had come; she did not say she had seen me.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Seven Years .

Denis Pember on 3rd July, 2021 wrote:

In the colony, Lawrence married Sarah Tucker (nothing known).  They had at least 14 children, in the period 1839-1860.  Several of these children died as infants but 7 reached maturity and had families.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 3rd July, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Israel Lawrence Shannon, date of birth: 30th January, 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th December, 1893 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Denis Pember on 3rd July, 2021 made the following changes:


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