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George Steed

George Steed, one of 182 convicts transported on the Georgiana, 29 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Steed
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Gardener/farmer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing 6 fowls
Convicted at: Suffolk (Borough of Bury St Edmunds) Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Georgiana
Departure date: 29th March, 1831
Arrival date: 27th July, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 77 (41)
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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Community Contributions

Sharon Anne Rudd on 20th June, 2015 wrote:

19 November 1839 Application to marry convict Ann Hurry is finally granted.

17 June 1840 certificate Of Freedom issued.

21 July 1840 George and Anne’s first son, George Stead is born in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

23 January 1846, George and Anne’s second child, daughter Sophia Stead is born in Richmond, New South Wales, Australia.

13 April 1847, Ann Stead (Nee Hurry) marries Stephen Gosling at Scots Church, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.

17 April 1883, Ann Gosling passes away and buried at St. Peters Anglican Cemetery, Windsor, New South Wales.

Tony Beale on 17th April, 2020 wrote:

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 for George Stead
G Georgiana 1831 04 Mar - 1831 11 Aug
Was listed in the surgeons journal as being sick from 19May 1831 to 3 July 1831. Complaining of sore throat, stomach pains. Gave him purgatives and an astringent. Better in the morning but further complained of headache and pain in lower limbs. Gave something to make him go to the toilet. Spent 45 days in sick bay.

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Geo Stead
Description Book Parramatta 1844-1854
Ship: Georgiana. D O B: 1809.Height: 5’ 73/4”.Complexion: Ruddy. Hair: Brown. Eyes: Blue. Scar on under lip. Suffolk. Gardner. Catholic. Master Thompson

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for George Steed
Bound Indentures 1830-1832 Employer Thomas Shepherd. Tried: Bury.

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 for George Steed
Annotated Printed Indentures 1831
24. Can read. Protestant. Married. 1 Child. Gardeners labourer. Reaps and milks

New South Wales, Australia, Criminal Court Records, 1830-1945 for Geo Steed
Bench of Magistrates Monthly Returns of Trials of Convicts, 1832-1836
Employed by W Bowman. Charged with being drunk 25 lashes

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867
(NRS 12210) Butts of Certificates of Freedom 1840 June All Records
States born 1807

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for George Stead
Entrance Book Parramatta 1844-1848
In gaol for 1 month on bail December 15, 1847

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Thursday 21 February 1850, page 2
February 19.Resisting the Chief Constable in the Execution of his Duty. George Steed was brought before their Worships, Mr. Hardy, P.M., and Lieut. Wilton J.P., charged with being drunk in George street, and resisting the police while in the execution of their duty. Mr. Ryan, chief constable, appeared in the witness box, very lame, and evidently suffering from injuries received in the hand and leg, and deposed as follows:
At about nine o’clock on Saturday night last I heard a great noise, as if somebody was beating a female; I heard the blows at a distance of from two to three hundred yards; Mr. Woolls sent for me, and I went to the spot, and found the prisoner sitting in the street very drunk; I proceeded to take him into custody; he scuffled till he came near a fence and got through; I still held him, and with his violent resistance he tore all the skin off the back of my hand; I tried to persuade him to come quietly to the watch-house, but he would not; at length he got up and ran away. Mr. Oaks assisted me in the pursuit; we got him and had a struggle; the prisoner got Mr. Oakes under him; he called for my assistance; I got injured in the foot also I at length secured him in the watch-house; I was in the execution of my duty as constable, Mr. William Woolls deposed.
On Saturday night last I heard a man beating a woman most violently: I heard the blows; I heard Mr. Ryan repeatedly ask the man to go with him; he tried to persuade him, but he resisted; but he was so tipsy that he did not know what he said his language was very shameful and obscene. Mr. Hardy said we are of opinion we cannot convict for resistance. Mr. Ryan said, “I must confess that I do not know what resistance is, will your worship be kind enough to inform me what resistance is? Mr. Hardy-It is perfectly clear that something more is intended than barely refusing to go the watchhouse.
Mr. Ryan-I hope the inhabitants will not complain if I should refuse to act in a similar case. The prisoner was sentenced to pay a fine of £2 for being drunk and disorderly, or go forty-eight hours to the cells. Mr. Woolls said he trusted the bench would permit him to remark that great credit was due to the chief constable for the manly way in which he had secured the individual whose case had been decided; but he (Mr. W.) feared that unless the police were supported in the execution of their duty, the peaceable inhabitants of the town would feel a degree of delicacy in calling their attention to such cases as the one in question.

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for George Steed
Description Book Darlinghurst 1850-1855
Admitted 1852

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for George Steed
Entrance Book Darlinghurst 1850-1853
Admitted 28May1852 5 years. Calling Nursery man

Convict Changes History

Sharon Anne Rudd on 20th June, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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