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George Spikes

George Spikes, one of 200 convicts transported on the Ann, August 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Spikes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1782
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 3rd December, 1835
Age: 53 years

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 Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ann or Anne
Departure date: August, 1809
Arrival date: 27th February, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 428
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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Elizabeth Desailly on 14th August, 2013 wrote:

Source: Trove NLA - Hobart Town Courier 26 Mar 1831

George Spikes, 5 ft. 3, brown hair, do. eyes,
age 48. a labourer, tried at London 1808, life, per
Ann to Sydney in 1809, Absconded from Dr. Desailly 18th March, 1831. Reward.

D Wong on 16th August, 2013 wrote:

24/4/1805: Sentenced to 7 years transportation for shop lifting, he stole 30 yeards of blue baize, value £3, the property of William Busby.

18/9/1805: Had been sent to the hulks at Langston, Portsmouth, was at large, and was then arrested for stealing an overcoat and then charged with returning from transportation, although he had never left the country.

1806: Went missing again, before he could be transported.

26/11/1808: Was found on the ship “Enterprize” as a seaman.  Was then transported.

12/1/1818: Colonial Secretary: On list of passengers proceeding to VDL at the Government’s expense per “Governor Macquarie”.  He actually arrived per “Union”.

George was 26 years old on arrival and VDL records have him born in 1775.
His conduct record was vast and bad, insolence, bad language, absconding etc.  He received many TOL’s which were cancelled with most of his offences.

In 1828 he was sent to Maria Island for 2 years for absconding.

3/12/1835: George was a hard drinker, which had gotten him into most of his troubles.  He died at H.M. Colonial Hospital.

Maureen Withey on 5th August, 2019 wrote:

He absconded in 1827.
Hobart Town Gazette, 15 Sept 1827
List of Runaways
77. Spikes, George, 5 ft. 3, ruddy complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, aged 44, labourer, tried at London 1808, life, arrived in this colony per Union, native place London, absconded from the service of R. Willis, Esq. at Bathurst.  Same reward.  (£2).

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1782, date of death 3rd December, 1835, gender, occupation, crime

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