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Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor, one of 160 convicts transported on the Eliza, 13 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Taylor
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 13th July, 1822
Arrival date: 22nd November, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 189 (95)
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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Margaret Weston on 4th February, 2017 wrote:

361. MICHAEL TAYLOR was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of January , two seals, value 3 l. one key, value 30 s., and part of a watch chain, value 30 s., the goods of Sampson Israel , from his person .
SAMPSON ISRAEL. I am an appraiser , and live in Maiden-lane, Covent-Garden. On Sunday evening, the 6th of January, between nine and ten o’clock in the evening, I was in Fleet-street , just at the end of Bridge-street, on the market side, I observed the prisoner and two others coming towards me - I am sure of his person - they made a pause within two or three yards of me; I passed on one side to give them room, they let me pass; I went on five or six steps, turned my head, and saw the same men standing still talking together, and looking towards me - my seals were visible. I quickened my pace, and after going ten or twelve steps; they turned and passed me; I then lost sight of them until I got to Wine Office-court, when I again saw them; they were returning to meet me, and before I could recover from my surprise, one of them (not the prisoner) made a snatch at my watch, my fob was twisted inside, and the chain broke, through the violence of the pull. I attempted to seize the man, when the prisoner and the other got round me; the prisoner put his hands against me, and prevented my following the man with my seals; he ran up Hind-court, and the prisoners followed him; I pursued, and on going up the court I received a kick from one of them, near my groin, which prevented my following for a few seconds; I then followed, but lost sight of them in Gough-square. I ran down a court, leading to Shoe-lane, and rose an alarm; I turned back, came into Fleet-street, went into the court, and saw two men looking for something on the ground; one of them, who was very intent on looking, did not see me, but the others did, and gave a signal; he ran towards Fleet-street, the light reflected on his features, and I identified him; it was the prisoner. I had seen him three times by a good light, and am certain of him; he had prevented my pursuing the thief. I then attempted to seize him, and said,
“Now I have one of you at any rate;” he replied,
“Have you, ***** you, then take that,” and gave me a tremendous blow on my back. I had a stick in my hand - I cannot say whether the blow did not come from my stick, by his knocking against me. He ran back up the court. I followed, and from an alarm I gave, a gentleman stopped him; when I came up, he was just rising from the ground, trying to get away. I rose my stick to strike him, and the gentleman; thinking me one of the party, let him go; he was finally secured. I am sure of his being the man. It was a moon-light night, and there was a strong light from the fish shop.
THOMAS MARSH . I am an engraver, and live in Gough-square. About a quarter before ten o’clock at night, I was sitting in my parlour, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I went out, and seized a person at my door, who said,
“There he goes!” In consequence of which, I let him go. I saw a great many people coming and heard somebody had been robbed - I went in again - I have no recollection of his person. Five minutes after I heard the alarm again, I went out, and heard footsteps coming from Hind-court, and made to the corner leading to King’s Head-court, and seized a person about the size of the prisoner, who was running up; we wrestled, and were both on the ground, when the prosecutor came up, and said,
“I have got you now,” and lifted up his stick. I suspected him, held up my arm to protect myself, and the person escaped from me. I found the prisoner at the watch-house, and believe him to be the man.
Prisoner. Q. Was it possible for him to see me at the bottom of the court? - A. Undoubtedly; the Cheshire-cheese, public-house, was open, and the shell-fish shop.
JOHN BALLARD . The prisoner was brought to the watch-house. I found nothing on him.
Prisoner’s Defence. I came down Fleet-street, and turned up the court for a necessary purpose. I found my shoe loose, and stooped to tie it up; and as I rose, the prosecutor collared me, and said,
“I have you, you are the man who robbed me.” He struck me across the eye with his stick, and I struck him; he sang out
“Thieves and murder.” I ran up the court, and some person laid hold of me. I knew nothing of the robbery. There is no lamp near the court.
GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Life .
London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

He was sent to Newgate and was then sent to the Prison Hulk Bellerophon, he was discharged from the Hulk on 3rd July 1822 for the Eliza which departed on 13 July 1822 and arrived Sydney 22nd November 1822 where he was assigned to William Pendray of George Street Sydney.  In 1824 William Pendray was a defaulter in payment to the Govt and on 26th December 1829 ” Absconder: Michael Taylor, Eliza, 26 Tailor Cork, 5’4.5”, grey eyes, dark brown hair, pale, pock pitted complexion - from William Pendray
Trove Ref#2194194 Pge 3/2194245 Pge 18”.
As he absconded I have been unable to pick him up after 1830.

D Wong on 5th February, 2017 wrote:

Michael’s native place was Cork, Ireland.
(He is listed on the Irish Convicts website).

Convict Changes History

Margaret Weston on 4th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Margaret Weston on 5th February, 2017 made the following changes:


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