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Samuel Swan

Samuel Swan, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Swan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th December, 1880
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 30th January, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 436
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

D Wong on 19th December, 2013 wrote:

Samuel Swan was transported for “Stealing grain”.

1843: TOL Port Macquarie
1844: TOL Camden
9/4/1845: TOL Passport - on application of Mr MacAllister.
7/5/1849: CP

Samuel Swan was the son of Samuel Swan Died 22/4/1861, and Jane Clarke Died 13/10/1876 - Both buried at Bredgar.  Samuel was one of 12 children.

Samuel made his way to Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria.

1858: Married Fanny Woods nee Poole.  Fanny was the daughter of George Poole and Sarah Carver.  She first married William Wood, William died 4/7/1855 aged 37, he came from Derby.

Samuel and Fanny had no children.  Fanny ran the Shakespeare Hotel in North Gippsland which Samuel also held the licence for, he also owned and dealt in cattle.  Samuel was attributed to saying that being transported was the best thing that happened to him.

Although they had no children, Samuel and Fanny sponsored many of their family to come to Australia, and there are many Swan descendents in the Sale area of Victoria, all in some way related to Samuel.

19/10/1895: Fanny Swan died aged 73.

11/12/1880: Samuel died aged 69 aged 69 at Sale, Victoria.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1811, date of death 11th December, 1880, gender, crime

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