Samuel Phillips (1804-1886)
Samuel Phillips, ploughman, had priors for poaching rabbits, and had served prison time twice. Third time round, in 1829, he was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation.
His record mentions trouble only twice - first, for being ‘absent after hours’ and an unreliable witness to a theft, and, second, for ‘disobeying orders’. By 1845 he was a free man.
For another seven years Samuel remained in Tasmania, working on farms. Then in 1852 he left for the Victorian goldfields. After 19 months there he sailed to Liverpool, England, arriving in February 1854. Six weeks later he married Sarah Patrick, mother of his grown-up daughter Ann, in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Samuel went home with money, presumably from the goldfields. He spent £1,000 on land, set up a farm, and built a stone cottage there. But he was never able to read or write.