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William Barnett

William Barnett, one of 296 convicts transported on the Pyrenees, 14 March 1851

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Barnett
Aliases: Henry, Rush
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 6th April, 1824
Occupation: Shoe & bootmaker
Date of Death: 13th August, 1858
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Theft~housebreaking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Pyrenees
Departure date: 14th March, 1851
Arrival date: 28th June, 1851
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 294 other convicts


Primary source: Old Bailey - online. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 76
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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Fiona Carroll on 9th June, 2020 wrote:

Henry Rush (parents Thomas Rush and Maria Fulcher) had previously been given 7 years transportation at the Old Bailey on 2nd March 1840.  It mentions a petition for pardon.  The 10 year sentence conviction is on-line at the Old Bailey - also tried with him, under their real names, were his brothers, Thomas and John Rush.  In WA, using his real name of Henry Rush, he married Ellen Tully (arrived on Travancore Jan 1853) on the 25th April 1853.  They had two children, Thomas Henry 22/9/1854 and Alfred 16/2/1857, both baptised Wesleyan and not registered.  Henry is buried in the Anglican section of East Perth Cemetery

Iris Dunne on 9th June, 2020 wrote:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
WILLAM BARNETT, THOMAS RUSH, JOHN RUSH, Theft > housebreaking, 20th September 1847.
2194. WILLAM BARNETT, THOMAS RUSH , and JOHN RUSH , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Frederick John Wood, at St. George’s in the East, and stealing there in 36 rings, value 7l. 10s.; his goods.

MESSERS. O’BRIEN and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY REED. I am in the service of Frederick John Wood, a pawn-broker, No. 90, St. George’s-street, in ht parish of St. George in the East—it is his dwelling-house—he lives in it. On the 2nd of Sept. the prisoners Barnett and Thomas Rush were looking in at our window—there were rings, watches, and other things in it—they went away, returned, and stood in the same place they had done before—they then went past the door—they came again, and I saw them go away the third time—I then ran down to the bottom of the shop, and saw that a card of rings was gone from the window—I went to the door, looked towards Ratcliff-highway, and then looked towards Shadwell, and saw Barnett—I caught hold him, and brought him back to the shop—I told him on what account I brought him back—he said, “Me! me! you are mistaken”—I have no doubt that he and Thomas Rush are the persons I saw at the window—a small corner of the pane of this wisdow was cracked previously, but after the rings were gone it was broken away—there was a large piece out—a lad brought in two rings immediately afterwards—I had observed the window shortly before I saw the prisoner there—it was then quite safe.

CHARLES ROSSIER. I am in the employ of Mr. Wood. On the 2nd of Sept. I saw Barnett and Thomas Rush standing opposite our window, outside, close to it, at the place where the rings were inside—the window was not broken then.

ANN KING. I am the wife of Thomas King, and live in St. George’s-street opposite Mr. Wood’s. On the 2nd of Sept. I saw Barnett and Thomas Rush close by Mr. Wood’s window—Barnett appeared to me to be writing on a pane of glass—they both turned round, and looked both ways in the street—Barnett turned round; after that, he bent himself down, and appeared to put his hand into the window—he took out something in his hand from the wisdown, and gave it to Thomas Rush, who crossed the road, and I lost sight of him—Barnett passed on towards Francis-street, and as he was coming back Mr. Reed caught him, and took him into the shop—I saw two or three little things drops from Barnett’s hand on the pavement, as he took his hand from the window—I could not see what they were

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Where were you? A. Sitting at my window, opposite Mr. Wood’s nursing my baby—it was between one and two o’clock—when I saw them take something and go away, I went to run down to tell Mr. Wood. but before I could get the baby out of my arms Mr. Reed had taken Barnett into the shop—the street may be twenty or thirty yards wide—it was as I looked out accidentally that I saw the prisoners—I did not expect to see them—I saw their backs in the first instance—when they turned round I saw their faces—they went away as fast as they could,

and then I gave an alarm—my husband is a policeman, and has been so twelve months—he was not at home—I do my work in the house, and nurse my baby—I never was a witness before—I saw Barnett and Thomas Rush for nearly an hour—the baby was lying in my lap—I am not mistaken in the prisoner’s person.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Do you know John Rush? A. When I first saw them they were all three together, coming up the Highway—when Barnett and Thomas Rush went to Mr. Wood’s window they left John Rush close to Mr. Playfair’s shop, which is three doors from Mr. Wood’s and when he was standing there he looked round—when Barnett was writing, John Rush crossed the road, and I lost sight of him—I saw him again at the umbrella shop—that was about two o’clock, about a quarter of an hour after I saw the writing on the window—I am sure they all came up together.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What time did you see the three come up together? A. About one o’clock, I cannot tell exactly, I have no clock—I dine at different times—I did not dine at all that day, as I was called away to go to the station—I should have dined about half-past one if I had not been called out—I think it was about one when I saw the three prisoners—I had never seen John Rush before—he was not pointed out to me by the police—he was not in custody at the time I went first—they came after me at night, and told me they had got the other one—I went to the station with the policeman—they asked me to look round—Mr. Sharle was there, and the policeman, I did not think they were the other prisoners.

JOHSON DOBELL (policeman, K 328.) Barnett was given into my charge—as I was taking him to the station, he said, “Good luck to my mates.”

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Where was Thomas Rush taken? A. At Arbour-square—he came to the station—I am not aware that he came in—he was looking in at a shop window—Mr. Wood’s is half-a-mile from the station.

GEORGE SHARLE. I live opposite Mr. Wood’s. On the 2nd of Sept. I saw the three prisoners walking about for full an hour before they were taken into custody—I have no doubt about them—I can swear to them all—I watched their manœuvres for some time—they were walking to and from the prosecutor’s shop, sometimes one way and sometimes the other—I noticed a man with a watch and chain, and Barnett and Thomas Rush went up and closed round him—there was a crowd collected, and they went into the crowd with him, and pushed against him very much—John Rush went about four doors off, and hid himself in the doorway of the Bull’s Head—the others came up to him—I did not see them do anything more till I saw Thomas Rush running towards Shadwell church, tucking something under his waistcoat.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Were you before the Magistrate? A. Yes, on the apprehension of John Rush—Thomas Rush and Barnett were not there then—I was not present on the first examination, I was at Graves-end—I knew Barnett’s face before—I dare say I might have seen him once or twice—I cannot say where, but his countenance was familiar to me—the way I came to be a witness was, I was speaking to Mr. Wood within two minutes after the robbery—I had never seen Thomas Rush before that day—I have not seen him again till now—I can speak to him with certainty, because I stood watching them.

JOHNSON DOBELL re-examined. I took Thomas Rush in Arbour-square—his brother, John Rush, was with him, in conversation—my brother officer and I afterwards went to Thomas Rush’s house—we knocked—John Rush

opened the door—we told him we took him on suspicion of a robbery at High-street, Shadwell—he said he had not been in High-street, Shadwell, for years.

CHARLES POTTER (policeman.) I went with Dobell to take John Rush into custody—I told him I took him on suspicion of robbing Mr. Wood, in High-street, Shadwell, of thirty-six rings—he said he had not been there for some years—he said he had been at work all day—I said, “Where?”—be then said work was very bad, and he was walking round the City.


MARGARET OLDING. I am the wife of William Olding, a florist, in the City-road—John Rush was in his service for about fifteen months—he has been a very honest, upright man. On the 2nd of Sept. he left me about twelve o’clock—he was dressed, as far as I can remember, the same as he is now—I did not see him again that day—we should be glad to take him again—I do not know Barnett or Thomas Rush.

JOHN GLADMAN. I keep a beer-shop, in Holywell-lane, Shoreditch—I have known Thomas Rush about four months, since I have kept the houses, by his coming occasionally to have a pint of beer—I have known John Rush rather less time. On the 2nd of Sept. Thomas Rush came to my house, about half-past twelve o’clock, and John Rush came about one—they staid till about half-past two—about ten minutes before two, John Rush went out, to fetch some tripe for their dinner—he was gone six or seven minutes—he returned, and brought the tripe for us to cook for dinner—I am not aware that any message was brought for them while they were there—they left about half-past two or a quarter before three—I did not see them leave, but I saw them at the bar as late as half-past two—I heard in the evening of Barnett and Thomas Rush being taken into custody—I did not hear of Jobs Rush being taken till the following morning—a person named Lowe came into my house, and was there while both the Rush’s were there.

Mr. ROBINSON. Q. Did you go to the police-office? A. No—I remember it was half-past twelve when Thomas Rush came, because I was cooking dinner for the workmen who come in—I was in the tap-room—the workmen come at twelve o’clock to their dinner, and generally leave about one—I was talking to the prisoners part of the time—Turner and Williams were there the whole time the prisoners were, with the exception of Turner, who left at two o’clock—he is a shoemaker—he comes in mostly at twelve o’clock to dine—he does not generally leave at one—he is not compelled to leave—I do not recollect any one else who was there—there must have been a dozen—the greater part of them might be persons I do not see every day, perhaps they only come to do a job—Turner and Williams are regular visitors—I had one other regular visitor, but he left soon after Rush came in—I was not cooking the whole time—my cooking was done at perhaps a quarter before one—the rest of the time I was attending at the bar—John Rush is at my house perhaps three or four times a week—the prisoner stopped perhaps three quarter of an hour before they fetched the tripe—I partly cooked it, and John Rush partly—he undertook to put the tripe into the pan, and when it wanted turing I said, “You had better turn the tripe”—Thomas Rush was sitting in the tap-room, with the exception of one part of the time, when my wife called him and gave him a pair of my children’s shoes to mend—with the exception of that time, he was sitting there, talking to Turner and Williams—Lowe was there, and he is here to-day—Lowe came there, it might be at twelve o’clock—he was there at the time the Rush’s were there, but I cannot say the time he

came in—he went away, I believe, about two o’clock, or a little after—he had only to go opposite to his door—he did not go away at three—he went from two till a quarter after two—he was doing as he mostly does, being an opposite neighbour, he comes in and calls for his half-pint with his lunch—he has no general time.

COURT. Q. What did he do that day? A. He called for half-a-pint of beer, drank it at the bar, and then walked into the tap-room and sat down—I cannot state exactly where he sat—he was in conversation—I cannot say whether he was sitting with the prisoners—people in the tap-room cannot sit apart, the room is small—I cannot tell whether he talked to the prisoners—he did not dine in my house that day—I do not know Barnett—I cannot say whether he has ever been at my house.

JOHN LOWE. I live at 53, Holywell-lane, and am a hair-dresser. I live nearly opposite Mr. Gladman—I recollect quite well being in his house on Thursday, the 2nd of Sept.—John and Thomas Rush were there—I went there about twelve o’clock, and did not come away till twenty minutes past two—Thomas Rush came in about twelve o’clock, and John Rush about one o’clock, and I left them there—I did not have any dinner—I had one pint to drink—John Rush went out for five or six or seven minutes, and came back with some tripe in his hand—he was not gone long enough to have gone to Ratcliff-highway, I should think—they asked the landlord for the frying-pan and put the tripe on—I saw them eat—Turner is her—he was there at the time—I have known John Rush ten or eleven weeks, by seeing him pass in and out—I have known Thomas Rush about fourteen months—he is a shoe-maker

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did you have your pin of beer? A. Yes; Gladman brought it me out of the bar into the tap-room—I was not at the police office—I was not asked to go there—I do not know what John Rush was doing the whole time—he was sitting and talking, except when he went out for the tripe—he did not move, but just to eat his tripe—I do not know who cooked it.

COURT. Q. You frequent this house, does Barnett frequent it? A. I have seen him there with the Rush’s occasionally.

JAMES TURNER. I am a shoemaker, and live in Friar’s-ground. I know Gladman’s beer house in Holywell-street—I went there on Thursday, the 2nd of Sept. at twelve o’clock, to have my dinner—I left a few minutes before two o’clock—while I was there I saw John and Thomas Rush—I recollect their coming in—they were there when I left—I did not see John Rush go out—Lowe was there part of the time.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. What time did Lowe leave? A. I cannot exactly say—there is no clock—he left before I did, but he came in again—I cannot say how long he was away—I did not exactly notice the time—I know it was two o’clock when I left; it was a few minutes after two by the rail-road clock, in Shoreditch, when I wasgoing along about my business—I know Ratcliff-highway—I do not know where John Rush lives—I was having my dinner and drinking two pints of beer—Lowe was drinking porter some part of the time, and some part he was smoking—I did not notice anything else he was doing—I was not looking at him the whole while—I was looking at different persons.

COURT Q. What were the prisoner doing? A. Drinking part of the time—I work for Mr. Goodchild—I know John and Thomas Rush by sight in the house—I do not know Barnett by sight—I never saw him in the house

that I exactly noticed—I cannot say whether I have seen him with the Rush’s—I cannot say that I have seen him at the house, or that I have not.

(John Rush received a good character.)

†BARNETT— GUILTY. Aged 23.— Transported for Ten Years.

THOMAS RUSH— GUILTY. Aged 29.— Confined One Year

JOHN RUSH— GUILTY. Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.

Convict Changes History

Fiona Carroll on 9th June, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Henry, alias2: Rush, date of birth: 6th April, 1854 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th August, 1858 (prev. 0000), occupation

Iris Dunne on 9th June, 2020 made the following changes:

source: Old Bailey - online. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 76 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 76), date of birth: 6t

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