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George Maurice Sims

George Sims, one of 300 convicts transported on the Aurora, 03 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Maurice Sims
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1st July, 1911
Age: 96 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Wilts. Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Aurora
Departure date: 3rd July, 1833
Arrival date: 3rd November, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 299 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 160
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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Phil Hands on 13th August, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Wiltshire Assizes on 2nd March 1833 for the theft of 11 pieces of rope, value 4 shillings, having a pevious 1 month conviction George was sentenced to 14 years transportation. He had 1 previous conviction where he had been sentenced to 1 month imprisonment.
Left England on 4th July 1833.
Ship:- the ‘Aurora I’ sailed with 300 male convicts on board, ther were no recorded deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 3rd November 1833.
His transportation papers give the following information:- occupation - clothier, age - 17 years, religion - protestant, could read and write.
Description:- hair - sandy brown, eyes - hazel, height - 5 feet 4 3/4 inches, complexion - ruddy and freckled, slight scar outer corner of left eye, nose a little cocked, eyebrows partially meeting, large scar on palm of right hand.

George was given a Ticket of Leave on 20th January 1840 and on condition that he remain in the District of Queanbeyan

In 1842 George applied to the Colonial Secretary’s Office for permission to marry Elizabeth Mullaly and was granted that permission. On the application, Elizabeth was described as 27 years old who had arrived on the ship ‘Margaret’ in 1840. She was a convict who had been sentenced to 7 years transportation.
George and Elizabeth were married at Bredbo and the witnesses to their wedding were Lawrence Harnett and Daniel Driscoll. The minister was Reverend Brennan of the Sydney District. They had 10 children between 1843-1857.

In order for George to find work and reside outside the District of Queanbeyan, a passport had to be granted to him. He applied for a passport on the 10th May 1842 which allowed him to proceed to the Murrumbidgee district in the service of Mr. George Mitchell, for 12 months. After that passport expired in 1843 he applied for another one on the 13th June 1843 requesting that he remain in the service of Mr. Cosgrove at Monaro for 12 months.
According to the Electoral Rolls of the Monaro District the Sims family resided and owned various properties e.g. Bolaro, Bullamballong, Jones Plain, Cowra, Alum Creek, Dry Plain and Celeys Creek.

Elizabeth died on 18th January 1877 at Bolaro Adaminaby N.S.W aged 66.
A year later George married widow Susan Blyton (nee Jackson) at Cooma, Susan Jackson was born 1849 in Norfolk, England
She came to Australia with her family on the ship ‘Beejapore’ arriving on 9th January1853.
George Sims now in his 60’s fathered 5 more children with his new wife Susan between 1878-1889.

George died at Peak View in the Manaro shire on the 1st July 1911 aged 96, and was buried on the 4th July 1911 at Rose Valley. The informant of his death was Susan Sims, wife of Pretty Tree Flat, Peak View and the witnesses to his burial were Patrick Ryan and W. E. Lloyd.

The following is an extract from Perkins Papers:-

Death: July 1st 1911; George Sims at home of Robert Blyton, Pretty Tree Flat, aged 96 years. Was a native of Burnima, England. Came to Australia in 1830 at age 15. Lived since in various parts of Monaro. Lived at Celeys Creek for past 20 years, and for last 14 years at Peak View. Was twice married, leaves a family of 16, - 11 by first wife and 5 by second, and numerous Grandchildren. He was a farmer & Grazier at Alum Creek and then at Royalla and owned some property in the town of Cooma. He claimed to be the oldest inhabitant of the Monaro district. He could read and write without spectacles. Buried at Umeralla.

Susan died on 4th April 1925 at Cooma aged 77.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 13th August, 2017 made the following changes:

firstname: George Maurice (prev. George), date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st July, 1911 (prev. 0000), crime

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