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Sarah Berry, one of 89 convicts transported on the Earl of Liverpool, December 1830
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 535 (270)
||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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Maureen Withey on 29th August, 2019 wrote:
Sarah was convicted at the Old Bailey.
SARAH BERRY, Theft simple larceny, 8th July 1830.
1377. SARAH BERRY was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of July , 5 half-crowns, 2 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the monies of Thomas Tull .
THOMAS TULL. I am servant to a gentleman at Shepherd’s-bush. I was returning home about twelve o’clock at night on the 3rd of July; I met the prisoner in Hammersmith - she caught hold of my arm, and asked me to go down a lane with her, which I did; I had five half-crowns, two shillings, and a sixpence in my left-hand breeches pocket, and some other silver in my other pocket - I am not married: while I was with the prisoner she picked my pocket - I had given her a shilling; when I missed the money I accused her of robbing me - a man came up and knocked me down; another man then came up, and said, “Stop his mouth!” two or three men came up; I called for the Policeman - the men then ran away, and the Policeman came in a few minutes; the prisoner attempted to run away, but she was taken - I accused her of robbing me; she said she had not, but the money was found on her - this money could not have fallen from my pocket - I was standing up all the time.
Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q.Where had you been? A.With a friend; we had drank a quart or three pints of beer after dinner, and at dinner I had about half a pint of porter - I was perfectly sober: there were no lamps - it was not very dark; my breeches were not down, but they were unbuttoned - I gave charge of the prisoner directly; I did not say that I had lost 5s., then 7s. 6d., then 10s., and then 14s. 6d. - I think the prisoner had 1l. 1s. 8d. on her in all, I cannot exactly say.
MARK KING. I heard the alarm - I went up, and saw some men near the prisoner; she was running - the men followed me up the lane, but when I took the prisoner I lost sight of them; the prosecutor accused her of robbing him; he seemed to me to be sober - she denied it at first, but in going along she said she would undo her pocket, and give it me - there was 1l. 1s. 2d. in it; in going to the watch-house she said she would give him the money if he would say nothing about it: I found five half-crowns on her.
Cross-examined. Q.Was there not some conversation about taking the money, and she said rather than have any piece of work she would give him the money? A. No - I think it was twenty minutes before I offered to search the prisoner; she could not have thrown it away without my seeing it - I should think not five minutes elapsed from my hearing the cry till I came up.
GUILTY. Aged 35. - Transported for Seven Years.
Source: Old Bailey online.
Sydney Gazette, 12 July 1832
Sarah Berry, No. 31-158, Earl Liverpool, 36, All-work, Hammersmith, 5 feet ¾, hazel eyes, dark brown hair, pale comp. from Mr. J. McNaughton.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 29th August, 2019 made the following changes:
gender: f, crime