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Details for the convict George Reid (1842)

Convict Name:George Reid
Trial Place:Dumfries Court of Justiciary
Trial Date:20 September 1839
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Eden I
Arrival Year:1842
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George was born c1821 in Galloway, Scotland.
He worked as a stable boy and had an Uncle named James who was a shoemaker. There is no record of other family.
He was a Protestant who could read.

He was tried at the Dumfries Court on 20-9-1839 for housebreaking and stealing about £5 in money from a house in Maxwell Town, Dumfries. He was sentenced to be transported for seven years.
He is described as a bad character who can be very troublesome.
He had previous offences, for which he spent one month in prison.

In the 1841 census we find him aboard the hulk ‘Justitia’. He is listed as age 15 and from Scotland.
The ‘Justitia’ was moored near Woolwich in London.
Whilst on the hulk, he was also caught stealing and spent 3 weeks in irons.

He arrives in Hobart aboard the ‘Eden (2)’ on 5-7-1842 after departing from Woolwich, London on 7-3-1842.

Records of Offences:
21-10-1842 – Insolence and refusing to work – 10 days solitary.
14-9-1843 – Idleness – period of probabtion extended 2 months.
23-12-1843 – Misconduct, having tobacco in his possession under suspicious circumstances – period of probabtion extended 6 months.
6-2-1844 – Misconduct, assaulting a fellow prisoner – period of probation extended 6 months.
26-4-1844 – Idleness – 7 days solitary.
1-6-1844 – Misconduct, illtreating his fellow prisoner – 36 lashes on the breach.
29-11-1845 – Misconduct, sawing timber without leave & neglect of work – 4 months imp and hard labour.
14-5-1846 – Neglect of duty, refusing to work except on their own terms – dismissed.
16-7-1846 – Cattle stealing – aquitted.

George receives his Free Certificate on 5-10-1846.

The next we hear of him is when his daughters birth is regsitered in Hobart by John Horan in 1853.

George Reed died of a “disease of the lungs” on 30-11-1854 in Hobart.
His 'partner' Ann (the mother of his child) was the informant.

Submitted by Researcher (Chris Nilsen) on 5 October 2018

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/13, p.29

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