|Country of Origin||England|
|Date of Birth||1803|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1821|
|Submitted by||Larry Adams|
GEORGE ADAMS, A LAD FROM SUFFOLK
Born in 1803 in the village of Henstead, Suffolk, in England, George Adams was part of a poor rural family, the son of John Adams and Sarah Lydamore. George had 4 sisters and 5 brothers. At age 17, on 24th July, 1820, George, along with his brother Henry, was convicted at the Norfolk Assizes for stealing sheep, lambs, a kettle & an apron. They were both sentenced to death, remitted to 14 years transportation, to NSW. George\’s first Prison was in Norfolk but was soon moved to a Prison hulk and is recorded in the register for the hulk Captivity on 25th August. In Early October George was transferred to the convict transport Prince of Orange preparatory to his voyage to NSW. His Journey commenced on 8th October.
Following his arrival in Sydney on 12th February, George had several convict assignments as a Brickmaker until he gained a Ticket of Leave in 1829 and eventual Certificate of Freedom in 1834.
George had two short-lived marriages with no children and finally married Sarah Share about 1842 in Wollongong. Sarah was a widow with two children, her first Husband, George Witt having recently died. For a time they lived in the Kurrajong area and eventually settled at Bago, near Tumbarumba in southern NSW. The Bago area was a newly opened goldfield with many mining camps along Bago Creek. George & Sarah had a small farm on which they raised their 9 children including Sarah\’s 2 from her first marriage. The farm at Bago was where George & Sarah saw out their days, George dying in 1877 and Sarah in 1898.
Today George would have in excess of 2500 descendants in Australia and combined with his brother Henry, who had 11 children, probably more than 10,000.