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George Smith

George Smith, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Groom/cart boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Stafford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 213 (109). Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Conduct record pg 194.
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 14th August, 2013 wrote:

N.B. There are 3 George Smith’s on this voyage of the ‘Gilmore’.

George Smith was convicted at Stafford on 5/1/1831 for stealing a pr of stockings. Previous convictions. Gaol Reports states he was one of the Chiddle Gang of Thieves & a bad character. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), arriving on the ‘Gilmore’ 1832.
Hulk Report: Orderly.

Aged 22yrs; single man; fresh complexion, freckled; red hair; Hazel eyes; 5’8”; Groom & carter.

Assignment in Colony.
1832: Public Works
1833: G. Spode Esq.
1834: Spring Hill Road Works
1835: at Westbury.

1865:  LAUNCESTON SUPREME COURT. CRIMINAL SITTINGS.The Court opened at Launceston on Tuesday, before His Honor Sir Francis Smith, Puisne Judge. George Smith was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment on the charge of the manslaughter of Patrick Cuisick, at Deloraine, on the 6th of October.  (Mercury newspaper 13/1/1865)

Crime has decreased to a minimum throughout the Colony. In that re spect no country could be in a more satisfactory state than Tasmania. Offences against the person or property are rarely heard of, and highway robbery never. At the recent sittings of the Supreme Court, commenced on the 10th inst, only seven Cases were tried and the worst of these was a case of manslaughter, where the deceased, one Patrick Cusick, met the cause of his death in a quarrel with George Smith, an elderly man, who interfered to prevent Cusick from beating his wife. The prisoner was convicted, but recommended to mercy, and the Judge, Sir Francis Smith, considered Smith’s inter…. between the deceased and his wife so excusable that he only sentenced him to be imprisoned for twelve months. (Cornwall Chronicle newspaper 21 Jan 1865).

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 14th August, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1809, gender, occupation, crime

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