Samuel Niblett was born in Stroud in 1791 and lived in Westbury-on-Severn where he worked as a labourer. On April 1816, at the age of 25, he was sentenced to be transported for 7 years for the theft of a pig from Joseph Mountjoy. After a spell on the hulk, the Justitia, he was transferred to the Shipley which set sail for New South Wales on 18 Dec 1816. He gained his certificate of freedom on 1 Dec 1825. He married Mary Ann Murphy in 1828 and had eight children. Murphy was born in Cork in 1806 and was also a convict. She was transported from Cork and arrived in Sydney Cove on 17 May 1826.