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William Adnum

William Adnum, one of 160 convicts transported on the Earl St Vincent, 06 April 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Adnum
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 6th November, 1861
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Earl St Vincent
Departure date: 6th April, 1820
Arrival date: 16th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 289 (146) Old Bailey on line
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Phil Hands on 14th December, 2017 wrote:

William was 16 years old when he was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 12th January 1820 for pickpocketing, he was sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 12th April 1820.
Ship:- the ‘Earl St Vincent’ sailed with 160 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 16th August 1820.

In the Colony William married Sarah Jane Nowland (daughter of convicts Michael Nowland, ‘Sarborough’ 1790 & Elizabeth Richards, ‘Lady Juliana’ 1790) on 18th January 1831 at Sydney, they had 8 children between 1831-1850.

William died on 6th November 1861 at Sydney age 62.
Sarah Jane died in 1878 also at Sydney age 64.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18200112-76

285. WILLIAM ADNUM was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of December , one watch, value 30 s.; one chain, value 1 s.; one seal, value 10 s., and one key, value 2 s., the goods of William Pardoe , from his person .
WILLIAM PARDOE . On the 14th of December, I was at the corner of Pitt’s-place, Drury-lane , about eleven o’clock at night; the prisoner came across to me from the court, snatched my watch and ran down the court again. The watchman laid hold of him, and he threw it in the area - he is the man. I did not lose sight of him.
PATRICK CARMODY . I am watchman of Great Wild-street. I heard the cry of Stop thief! looked up Pitt’s-place, and saw the prisoner running as fast as he could. When he got to the bottom I collared him, and asked him what was the matter? He replied,
“Nothing - there is a row in Drury-lane, and I want to get out of it.” I took him up the court about twenty yards, when he upset me, knocked me down, and my lanthorn broke. I pulled him down with me, and still held him. When I got up I heard something jingle under my feet. The prosecutor immediately came up, and said he had been robbed of his watch by the prisoner; I picked the watch up in the area where we fell. I was taking him to the watch-house, and when we got to Wild-street he said,
“Let the old fool go to hell, he has got his watch. I will give you something handsome to let me go, as it will be a serious job to me - I want to fly and be off.” He put 6 s. 6 d. into my hand, but I kept hold of him and the money, and took him to the watch-house.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. He searched me before the watch was thrown down, and found nothing on me - he took 6 s. 6 d. from me.
GUILTY . Aged 16.
Transported for Life .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 14th December, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 289 (146) Old Bailey on line (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 289 (

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