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Details for the convict Abraham Solomons (1818)

Convict Name:Abraham Solomons
Trial Place:Surrey Quarter Session
Trial Date:13 April 1818
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Shipley (2)
Arrival Year:1818
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  • Researcher (John Shrimski)
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1. Introduction

Several years ago when I began investigating the Mordecai Solomon family, one of the first family trees I saw mentioned that it was thought that Mordecai came to Australia on the "Lady Castlereagh" in 1818. There was no source quoted for this information. Being an "amateur sleuth" I immediately looked up the convict list for the "Lady Castlereagh" but found no matching entry. Knowing that my grandfather, Mordecai Shrimski was more commonly called "Mark", I looked for Mark Solomon in the convict register and found an entry, but soon determined that it couldn't be him.

Having read that the earliest date for the arrival of free Jewish settlers in Australia was thought to be 1821, I had assumed that our Mordecai had arrived as a convict. I then decided to look further in the "Lady Castlereagh" register but could find no list of non-convict crew or passengers. I admit that I have always been skeptical of Mordecai arriving free and to date have absolutely no evidence that he in fact did so.

I noticed several years ago whilst looking for evidence of Mordecai living in Dapto that he did not appear in either the 1828 or 1841 census. By 1840 it was thought that he had moved to Sydney, however there was an 1841 census return for an Abraham Solomon, living in Dapto. Recently I investigated this census return further and as far as could be determined, I discovered that he had an identical family mix to Mordecai (based on religion, gender and age range). I have noticed that at least 2 other people (one as far back as 1979) have also taken notice of this specific census return, but I may be the first to compare the family composition.

The aim of this short article is trace Abraham Solomon(s) life, look at what we know about Mordecai, then see if we can overlap this information into one person's life without causing any factual conflicts.

Submitted by Researcher (John Shrimski) on 14 July 2020

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.47

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