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Samuel Wilkinson

Samuel Wilkinson, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 24 March 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Samuel Wilkinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Nottingham Quarter Session
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 24th March, 1838
Arrival date: 21st July, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 220
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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D Wong on 22nd April, 2020 wrote:

Nottingham Journal Nottinghamshire, England
22 Sep 1837:
James Wilkinson, Samuel Wilkinson, and John Taylor were committed by the same Magistrate and T. W. Edge, Esq. to the County Gaol, for trial at the nest Sessions, for having feloniously stolen four geese, belonging to Samuel Flinders, of Woodborough.

Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties Nottinghamshire, England
20 Oct 1837:
A former conviction was proved atinst John Taylor for stealing trousers.

John Taylor was sentenced to life and both Wilkinson’s to 10 years.  All were on the Bengal Merchant.

Samuel and James were brothers.

Samuel was listed as 24 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Nottingham.

Occupation: From the Hulk registers: Stocking weaver. Samuel was on the Fortitude moored at Chatham.

Samuel was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’8½” tall, sallow and freckled complexion, brown hair, light brown eyes, lost two front upper teeth, slight perpendicular scar on centre of upper lip.

????: TOL Newcastle

15/1/1842 The Hunter River Gazette:
Samuel Wilkinson, assigned to Mr. Marshall, was brought up under suspicion of having stolen some fruit from his master’s garden.
Nothing appeared directly to implicate the prisoner in the charge, and he was therefore dismissed.

7/5/1842 The Hunter River Gazette:
Samuel Wilkinson, a convict, lately in the establishment of Mr. Marshall was charged with absconding from his service about four weeks ago, the present being his second similar offence. The prisoner offered no defence, and, was sentenced to be worked in irons for a period of twelve months,
and on the expiration thereof to be returned to Mr. Marshall.

1841-1845 Newcastle Gaol Entrance Books:
Listed as 5’9½” tall, stout, right arm broken. Crime not listed, unless it was for absconding??

6/1/1846: TOL

Surname: Wilkinson
First Name: Samuel
Ship: Bengal Merchant 1838
Date: 11 October 1848
Place: Newcastle
Source: Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions Letter Book
Details: Application for Certificate of Freedom

13/3/1850: COF - listed as 36 years old.

D Wong on 22nd April, 2020 wrote:

James Wilkinson was listed as 21 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Nottingham.

James could read, was protestant, single, 5’5” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, small raised mole on lower part of left side of neck, heart pierced with two darts, dove with letter in mouth, FH and woman inside lower right arm, girl, anchor, TWMWSWIWJW o lower left arm, several dots on back of left hand.

15/3/1844: TOL Paterson.

22/11/1848: Married Mary Ann Smith(1830-24/2/1925) at Paterson, NSW.
11 children.

13/8/1878: James Wilkinson died of Bronchitis, at Monkerai, NSW., and was buried at Stroud, NSW. Listed as a farmer.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 22nd April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 22nd April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 1814), date of death: 13th August, 1878 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 22nd April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 0000 (prev. 13th August, 1878)

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