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Richard Shrimpton

Richard Shrimpton, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Shrimpton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 25th March, 1764
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 12th July, 1827
Age: 63 years

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 Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Berkshire Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 26
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

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

Richard Shrimpton was sentenced to death at the March 1788 Reading Assizes.  He had stolen and sold a black gelding and was apprehended after boasting about how much money he had spent. After nine months on a suspended death sentence, he was sent from Reading to the ‘Lion’ hulk at Portsmouth and on 29 November 1789 he was embarked on the ‘Scarorough’

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

On 24th June 1792, at Parramatta, Shrimpton married Ann Keys (or Hayes) (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Pitt”).
In November 1799, he received a 50 acre land grant in the Eastern Farms District. This is bounded by modern Quarry and Bridge Roads and a creek therein still bears the name ‘Shrimpton Creek’.  By 1802 he was cultivating 1 acre of wheat and hoilding several bushells of maize and wheat. He and his wife were childless and were employing 2 freemen and a convict. He was also managing 50 acres of land owned by the naval Lieutenant William Kent and as well as 30 acres sown to wheat he was caring for 7 horses, 125 sheep and 20 hogs, belonging to the officer.  Over the years, he continually improved his position.

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

In 1818, Shrimpton’s wife Ann died and he married Charlotte Crabb at Parramatta 9th August 1819.  Charlotte had been previously married and had several children.  She was the daughter of Mary Bishop (First Fleet Convict, 1788, “Lady Penrhyn”).  They farmed at Wilberforce.
Charlotte bore Shrimpton 4 children, quite late in his life. Edward 1819, Charles 1822, Leah 1824 and Richard 1826.  Shrimpton remained farming at Wilberforce until his death in July 1827.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 23rd October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 25th March, 1764 (prev. 0000), date of death: July, 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st July, 1827 (prev. July, 1827), crime

Denis Pember on 28th November, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 12th July, 1827 (prev. 1st July, 1827)

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