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George Taylor

George Taylor, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Taylor
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Leicester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 375 (189)
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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David Seal on 18th January, 2015 wrote:

George aged 20 was tried at Leicester Assizes on 26 March 1817 and was sentenced to transportation for life. He arrived in Sydney on 10 January 1818 on board the convict ship Ocean 2.  He was a native of Sheffield and his occupation was a tinman.  George was 5’3” tall with light brown hair and hazel eyes. 

February 5 1822 sees George living off stores and in bond to Robert Ames and residing in King Street, Sydney.  He is a tinman and brazier.

The 1828 Census shows George back in goal.  Ann is housekeeping at Kent Street Sydney for John Smith.  She has Henry Williams, Sarah and Eliza Taylor all lodging there while George Taylor Jr is in an Orphan School.

George and Ann both sought permission to marry.  Governor Richard Bourke, on 28 August 1832 wrote,

“this woman must be aware how dissolute a person Taylor is, and as she desires to marry him I do not see any reason to object, informing her however that he will not be allowed a ticket of exemption until he shows that he has become deserving of it by regular conduct as his present conduct” 

Included with the response was a comprehensive list of George’s frequent disappearances and punishments for the period July 1823 to May 1832,

“punishments include, numerous lashings, days in solitary and days in irons, chain gang road party, days of bread and water, absent from barracks, suspicion of robbing Government, being drunk on the streets, being absent from Church muster, the lumber gang or other employment.  He was also punished for absconding and making use of very improper language.”

TAYLOR George 720 Box Hill, Parish Nelson, County Cumberland, District Windsor [X951] 71 2223 (1841 census)

George finally obtained his ticket of leave on 19 August 1846 and was allowed to remain in the Bathurst District, where in June 1852 he was pardoned.

V1867911 44B/1867 TAYLOR GEORGE AGE 70

BDM George Taylor death register.

Convict Changes History

David Seal on 18th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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