Mealmaker wrote a pamphlet Dundee Address to the Friends of
Liberty that criticised the "despotism and tyranny"
of the British government and opposed the war with France. On
12th September 1793 Thomas Fyshe Palmer was arrested and charged
with writing Dundee Address to the Friends of Liberty. The authorities
claimed that the pamphlet was "calculated to produce a
spirit of discontent in the minds of the people against the
present happy constitution and government of this country, and
to rouse them up to acts of outrage and violence". At the
trial, George Mealmaker, gave evidence that he, and not Palmer,
had written this pamphlet. Despite this evidence Palmer was
found guilty and sentenced to be transported to Australia for
government hoped that the transporting of Palmer and the other
leaders of the Scottish Radicals, Thomas Muir and William Skirving,
would bring an end to the demands for parliamentary reform.
However, George Mealmaker refused to be silenced and continued
to campaign for universal suffrage. Mealmaker explained his
ideas on democracy in his pamphlet The Moral and Political Catechism
of Man (1797). As a result of the publication of this pamphlet,
Mealmaker was arrested and charged with sedition. In January
1798 he was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years transportation.
arrived at Port Jackson aboard the Royal Admiral on 21st November
1800. He was no doubt looking forward to being with the other
members of the Friends of Liberty who had been transported earlier.
However, only Maurice Margarot of the original five Scottish
Martyrs was still in captivity. William Skirving, Joseph Gerrald
and Thomas Muir were dead and Thomas Fyshe Palmer had finished
his sentence and was just about to travel back to Britain.
Philip King was pleased to have a skilled worker in the colony
and put Mealmaker in charge of a weaving factory in Parramatta.
George Mealmaker died on 30th March, 1808. In a letter written
to his wife, Marjory Mealmaker, Lord Liverpool, Secretary of
State for the Colonies, claimed that her husband had "suffocated
by drinking spirits".