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Sophia Sheppard

Sophia Sheppard, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sophia Sheppard
Aliases: Sophia Wheeler
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Needlewoman
Date of Death: 1831
Age: 30 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stole clothing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 412
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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Community Contributions

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 wrote:

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856 for Sophia Shepperd Competitor. Suffered from pseudo syphilis She fully recovered and was called into a gentleman and family service on arrival

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures From Dover England reads and writes single protestant. Stole bags and boots 5’ 3 3/4” fair complexion brown hair and hazel eyes Assigned to James Laidley

Sophia Sheppard in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 8/11/1830
Name: Sophia Sheppard 1st class at the factory and given approval for the marriage
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1801
Age: 29
Arrival year: 1828
Arriving Vessel: Hercules (2)
Spouse Name: John Wheeler Employed by Mr Walker
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1805
Spouse Age: 25
Spouse Arrival Year: 1825
Spouse Vessel: Competitor 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 8 Nov 1830
Application Place: Saint Johns Church, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Rev Samuel Marsden

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th August, 2021 wrote:

Possible Death Record
Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, St John’s Parramatta. Year 1831
No; 487
Name;  Sophia Wheeler
Abode; Parramatta
When Buried; 1831, 16 Aug
Age; 27 years
Ships Name; Competitor
Quality or profession; Convict - ? Wife,

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 2nd November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th August, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Sophia Wheeler, date of death: 1831 (prev. 0000)

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