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George Smallcombe

George Smallcombe, one of 322 convicts transported on the Barossa, 09 May 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Smallcombe
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Mason and labourer
Date of Death: 18th February, 1885
Age: 64 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Devon, Plymouth Boro' Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Barossa
Departure date: 9th May, 1844
Arrival date: 5th September, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 87 (45)
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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D Wong on 16th June, 2019 wrote:

Morning Post London, England
6 Jan 1844:
PLYMOUTH, Jan. 4.__Last evening about eight o’clock, three persons, a man and two women, were apprehended at a house in Cambridge-lane, in this town, charged with having been concerned in the burglary early that morning on the premises of Mr. R. Hicks wine and spirit merchant, in Bilbury-street, Plymouth, when 65l 16s. was carried off, an account of which was sent you yesterday.  These persons gave their names as George Smallcombe, Caroline Smallcombe, his wife, and Caroline Bannister ; and in the room in which they were taken there was found by the police, among other things, a carpet bag, apparently nearly new, containing twenty-four skeleton keys and picklocks. 

Samuel Griffiths and William Jones were later charged along with them. -
William Jones, George Smallcombe and Samuel Griffiths were sentenced to 15 years transportation.

All were on board the ‘Barossa’.

George Smallcombe was listed as 22 years old on arrival.
Place of Birth: near devizes, Wiltshire.

George was 5’7” tall, illiterate, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, small scar on left eyebrow, several small scars on neck and breast, single, protestant.

Occupation: Rough Mason.

“I lived with Caroline Johns 2 years ; she came to gaol with me; was tried and acquitted for the same offence.

Mother: Sarah
Brothers: James, Stephen, at Bristol.

26/12/1848: Hospital.
9/1/1849: Lunatic Asylum.

5/3/1862: In Lunatic Asylum, New Norfolk.

20/1/1885: Health & Welfare: George Smallcombe, aged 62 - Received from the Hospital for the Insane, New Norfolk, under the Government order of detention.
4/2/1885: Admtted into the New Norfolk Institution from the General Hospital, Hobart, under medical certification.
Is paralyzed on right side and has a deformed foot on left leg from an injury received 40 years ago, he says, a cart wheel having crushed the foot on the instep of which is apparently an incurrable sore.
11/2/1885: In bed complaining of cold, and pain in injured limb.
15/2/1885: Is unable to get up.
18/2/1885: Remained in an unconscious state, gradually sinking and died this morning of brain disease - Serons Apoplexy.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1821 (prev. 0000), date of death: 18th February, 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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