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Samuel Shaw

Samuel Shaw, one of 230 convicts transported on the Woodbridge, 10 October 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Shaw
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Lincoln Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Woodbridge
Departure date: 10th October, 1839
Arrival date: 26th February, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 229 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 106
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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Peter Thistlethwaite on 15th May, 2016 wrote:

Employment in 1876 recorded as Tinsmith

D Wong on 15th May, 2016 wrote:

Lincolnshire Chronicle Lincolnshire, England
19 Jul 1839
Crown Court
Samuel Shaw, and Henry Weight, were indicted for having, on the March last, at Gainsboro’, feloniously made an assault upon James Cross.

Samuel Shaw was 20 years old when convicted, his native place was Hull and his father was William. 
3 Brothers: Walter, John and Joseph
2 Sisters: Eliza and Ann.

14/5/1842: Tried at Sydney for ‘Being at large beyond the limits of the Colony’ – he stated that he left Sydney as a cabin passenger on the ‘Maguasha’.
Then transported to VDL per ‘Sir John Byng’  and arrived 23/9/1843 for a 14 year sentence.

Samuel was then described as: 5’8 ½” tall, dark complexion, black hair, brown eyes, scar inside lift thumb, marks of punishment on back, single.
Occupation: Machine smith.

20/2/1849: TOL

Samuel sent a petition to the Assistant Comptroller, Comptroller General’s Office, Hobart.
Petitioner is Samuel Shaw,
convicted Sydney, New South Wales, seeking approval to submit a ‘Memorial to the Governor of New South Wales for a remission of sentence for absconding from that colony in 1842’, petitioner addresses his good conduct and differences in prescribed penalties.
Petitioner arrived in Hobart on 23 September 1843 per ‘Sir John Byng’, previously to New South Wales circa 1840 per ‘Woodbridge’, good condition.

Memorial No.13688, April 1850 to Sir
Charles Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales, discusses Petitioner Samuel Shaw, good condition.

28/6/1850:  Colonial sentence of 14 years transportation remitted – Colonial Secretary.

24/3/1853: TOL Revoked for being absent from muster.

8/4/1853 The Empire, Sydney:
WATER POLICE OFFICE. — Thursday. — Samuel Shaw was brought before the court charged with being a runaway prisoner of the Crown. Inspector Singleton deposed that, from suspicions he entertained, he apprehended the prisoner at Magennis’s gambling ground in Market-street, between Pitt-street and Castlereagh-street. He was surrounded by about a hundred of the lowest and most disreputable characters in Sydney.
Having only one constable with him, he used a stratagem to take him; he told the prisoner he
was wanted for an assault; prisoner refused to come; the Inspector got assistance, and, after
some difficulty, secured the prisoner, and brought him to this court; he found his description
to tally exactly with that of a man of the name of Samuel Shaw, who absconded from Hobart Town, and was advertised in the Hobart Town Gazette.

The prisoner had held a publican’s license in Sydney for more than a year; he occupied the public house at the corner of Castlereagh and Campbell streets; he was sent to Hobart Town in the year 1839, sentenced to fifteen years’ imprisonment for highway robbery; two years after his arrival, he received a colonial sentence, which he was serving at the time of his escape.
The prisoner, who was respectably dressed, and a handsome looking man, on being asked for his defence, said that he was the same Samuel Shaw, but that he had received a pardon from Sir Charles Fitzroy, on the recommendation of Sir William Denison.
This was granted in consequence of some engineering assistance that he had rendered to His
Excellency the Governor of Van Diemen’s Land; he could not produce the pardon, for he had lost it.

The magistrate informed him that he would be given an opportunity of substantiating these
facts, but it was his duty to order that he be delivered, to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts, and dealt with according to the law. The prisoner was accordingly heavily handcuffed, and carried off in charge of four of the city police who, together with Inspector Singleton, had brought him to the office. The magistrate ordered a reward of £2 in this case to the Inspector. Some almost incredible statements were afterwards made in the court respecting the audacity of this prisoner.

9/4/1853 Freeman’s Journal, Sydney:
Water Police Office, — On Thursday, Samuel Shaw was brought before this Court charged by
Inspector Singleton with being a, runaway convict from Yan Diemens Land. The prisoner is tolerably well-known in Sydney, having for the last, few years been engaged first as a licensed victualler, and secondly as a bullion merchant; and having in these capacities eluded the vigilance of the police. His identity was established, and he was, forwarded to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts Office, for the purpose of being; forwarded to Hobart Town.

Convict Changes History

Peter Thistlethwaite on 15th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1818 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 15th May, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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