John SIMS (1806-1866)

John SIMS was from a labouring family in the village of St Mary Bourne in Hampshire.  On the 22nd November 1830 he took part in the local swing riots with his brother Daniel and father William amongst others.  For his part he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), a place from which he would … Read moreJohn SIMS (1806-1866)

Daniel SIMS (1810-1885)

Daniel SIMS was from a labouring family in the village of St Mary Bourne in Hampshire.  On the 22nd November 1830 he took part in the local swing riots with his brother John and father William amongst others.  For his part he was transported to New South Wales, Australia, a place from which he would … Read moreDaniel SIMS (1810-1885)

The St Mary Bourne rioter’s journey on the Convict Ship Eleanor, 1831


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Before the convicts set off on their journey to New South Wales they were transferred from the Gaol they were held at  to a Prison Hulk, there is a little confusion here as on Ancestry the hulk is named Hardy, a hospital ship and in other secondary sources the hulk is stated as being the … Read moreThe St Mary Bourne rioter’s journey on the Convict Ship Eleanor, 1831

Accounts of the St Mary Bourne Swing Riots

“The Swing Riots were a widespread uprising by agricultural workers;” [1] In the St Mary Bourne area there are two recorded events. Thursday , 18th November 1830 “Friday Night – A Hay-rick, at Wadwick the property of Mr. Longman, was burnt last night.  The fire was visible at Andover.  It is supposed to be the act on … Read moreAccounts of the St Mary Bourne Swing Riots

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