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Samuel Shirley

Samuel Shirley, one of 220 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 03 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Shirley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1873
Age: 77 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 3rd October, 1831
Arrival date: 14th February, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 188. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Launceston Examiner newspaper. 1871
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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th August, 2013 wrote:

Samuel Shirley was convicted at Middlesex on 16/09/1830 for stealing money - one Pound. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Elizabeth’, arriving 14/02/1832.
Hulk Report: Orderly.

Single man.

Assignments in Colony:
1833: Mr. Dixon - insubordination - 6mth imprisonment with hard labour - recommended to be sent to the Hulk Chain Gang, then returned to Master.

Ticket of Leave:  From the Gazette.June 10, 1886. Samuel Shirley, per ‘Elizabeth’. (Cornwall Chronicle 18 June 1836)

Free Certificate 28/04/1851.

The monthly meeting of the Board took place at the Invalid Depot yesterday afternoon, at four o’clock.  LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

The following are the names of inmates re- quiring a day’s leave of absence : William Byron, James Thompson, John Hughes, John MoDonough, William Beattie, Francis Hughe«, Samuel Shirley. The leave asked for was granted in each instance. (Mercury newspaper 3 Nov 1870)

Applications For Gold Mining Leases. — The following leases will be granted upon the expiration of one month from date of Gazette (November 8 1870) : — County of Cornwall : James Butler Ponting, 27a. 3r., parish of Evercreech; Thomas Grieve, Thomas Stonehouse, Thomas Tidy, and Samuel Shirley, 26a. Or. 2’2p., Garibaldi claim, Parish of Fonthill, Black Boy District. (Cornwall Chronicle 12 Nov 1870)

Gladstone Gold Mining Co: OFFICIAL NOTICES. (From the Government Gazette of Oct. 17 1871)  Samuel Shirley, J. M. Dooley, Wm. Ward man, and R. Ireland, forming the ” Gladstone Gold Mining Company” apply for a lease of 25 acres on the western side of Black Horse Gully. (Launceston Examiner newspaper 19 Oct 1871.)

MINING MEETEINGS. THE CLARENCE GOLD MINING COMPANY. A meeting of shareholders in the Clarence G.M. Company was held at the office of Mr Bateman last evening, when the company was formed with a nominal capital of £5000, consisting of 40,000 shares of 2s 6d each, paid up to 6d, to work a 10 acre section formerly named the Rising Sun, and situated in the midst of the Star, Bendigo, and Golden Era reefs. During the prospecting operations under Mr Samuel Shirley two reefs were sunk on the south reef to a depth of about 60ft, showing gold all the way down ; and the north reef is well defined, 2ft Gin in width, between two well-defined walls, and carry ing gold. (Launceston Examiner 27 May 1892)

1893: Gold-mining lease 734-870, Samuel Shir- ley, 10 acres, Lefroy, cancelled. (Mercury newspaper 13 June 1893)

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th August, 2013 wrote:

The period for which the undermentioned persons were transported, expiring at the date placed after their respective names, certificates of their freedom may be obtained then, or at any subsequent period, upon application at the Muster Master’s Office, Hobart town, or at that of   a Police Magistrate in the interior.
William Edwards, 16th Sept. 1837, Henry Hall do, William Johnson 17th do, Robe’s Wm. Lyal 16th do, John Smith do, James   Smith 13th do, Argyle; Evin Gwillim 13th do,  Atlas; Ann Betts 13th do, Ann Bennett do, Eleanor Frost do, Bridget Griffiths do, Maria King 16th do, Henrietta Moodie do, Eliza Munroe do, Elizabeth Paton do, Elizabeth Sim- monds do, Hannah Spurrier do, Phoeby Walters do, Mary Ann Wilson do, America; John Ryan   16th do, Samuel Shirley do, Elizabeth. (Hobart Town Courier 8 Sep 1837)

Death: 1873 Hobart. (ref. Tasmanian Archives - Colonial Families)

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th August, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1796, gender

Carol Axton-Thompson on 17th August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 1873, crime

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