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Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Simpson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 996 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 114
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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Maureen Withey on 6th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2020), October 1789, trial of MICHAEL SIMPSON (t17891028-13).
MICHAEL SIMPSON, Theft > grand larceny, 28th October 1789.

753. MICHAEL SIMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of October , three ounces of hair, value 2 s. two razors, value 1 s. two brushes, value 2 d. a card with iron teeth, value 1 s. a pair of scissars, value 2 d. a pewter bason, value 6 d. one puff, value 6 d. one silk ditto, value 3 d. two horn combs, value 3 d. one linen dressing cloth, value 6 d. one towel, value 6 d. one pair of curling irons, value 2 d. a hatchet, value 2 d. a curtain, value 6 d. a powder knife, value 2 d. two prints with wooden frames, value 6 d. and two pair of fire tongs, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Harris .


I am wife of Thomas Harris ; I live at No. 32, Sutton-street, Goswell-street; he is a hair-dresser ; I lost the things in the indictment; they were all in the shop, except the fire irons; my husband was dangerously ill; I said to the prisoner, my friend, be honest to me, and go to shop; and the pictures, and powder knife, and razors, and puffs, I found on him in Smithfield; I found also, a window curtain; and the constables found the rest; I asked him where he was going? he said, to dress a gentleman; I said, what with curtains and fire irons! and I called assistance, and he was stopped; he had not been hired above two hours before; I gave him sixpence; I gave him possession of nothing but the jack towel, and the things to dress my customers with.


I am a patroll belonging to St. Sepulchre’s; on Saturday, the 10th, about four in the afternoon, a gentleman called me to the poor woman’s assistance; I went, and they had a scuffle; she was taking this curtain from him, and two prints in frames, two razors, and several other articles; a pair of curling tongs, and two combs, and two tails, one small brush with a bit of chain to it, one green handled powder knife, two razors, one pair of large scissars. I cannot swear whether he had actually delivered the things to the woman, or not; there was a great scuffle.


I am another patroll; my fellow servant had the prisoner in custody; I went to his assistance; and by the prisoners direction, I got the towel and the dressing cloth, where he had sold them, which he said was in Peter-street; the people gave them to me, on paying for them; the woman described the cloth, before I shewed it to her; the prisoner gave me the money to buy them; as we were taking him to the counter, in his right hand pocket, I found this puff and this comb, and two or three other things; the prisoner said he was ashamed of the action, it was such a paltry one.

(The prosecutrix deposed to the prints and frames, and the dressing cloth.)


I have very little to say; I have been a good deal about the country; and was in great distress; the major part of the things, were only dressing things; and some other trifling things might be carelessly put up, without thinking.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Tasmanian Record:
List of 30 male and 13 female prisoners embarked for Port Dalrymple on the Lady Nelson 29 Jun 1812, and their ships of arrival, dates of trial, etc.:

Michael Simpson, arrived in NSW by ship Active, Master Hutchison in 1791; tried at Middlesex G.D. 28 Oct 1789, 7 years sentence; Under Colonial Sentence for 3 years to be reckoned from 1 Feb 1812. Remarks - Infirm.

Maureen Withey on 6th February, 2020 wrote:

Michael Simpson, Thomas Brown, and William Bailey, the two latter of whom were prisoners, were this morning exposed on the pillory in the public market place for an offence of an abominable description, for which Brown and Bailey were also sentenced to be corporally punished with 50 lashes each, and the three to be afterwards sent to different settlements for three years, there to be kept at hard labour. At 9 they were placed on the scaffold, and at 10 were taken down, during which exposure the indignation of the populace was such as frequently to require the interference of the Police for the prevention of stones and other hard substances being thrown at the criminals, whose very sufferings were held in derision, as they were themselves the objects of universal detestation and contempt.
Sydney Gazette, 8 Feb 1812.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 6th February, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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