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Sarah Bowick

Sarah Bowick, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Bowick
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Gardener
Date of Death: 28th February, 1844
Age: 37 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 106
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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Roger Churm on 2nd May, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings
SARAH BOWICK Theft from s specified place,9th April 1829

917.Sarah Bowick was indicted for stealing,on the 2nd of February,at St Botolph Without,Aldgate,1 watch,value 101; 1 watch-chain,value 51;2 seals,value 20s;2 rings,value 15s;1 watch-key,value 10s;1 box,value 5s.,and 1 slide,value 15s,the goods of James Muirhead,in the dwelling-house of John Little.

Hannah Muirhead,I am the wife of James Muirhead-we live at the Crown and Magpie tavern-it is my fathers house-his name is John Little -it is in the parish of St.Botolph,Aldgate and in the City.The prisoner was a servant in the house,and had been so about ten days or a fortnight at the time of the robbery-there was one more servant in the house besides her;I.lost a gold watch,with a chain to it-it was locked in my bed-room,and had two seals,two rings,one key,a box and a slide-they were all locked up in my bed-roo,which is one of the rooms detached from the house,but part of the dwelling-house;the prisoner used to clean the room,and attend to it;I know the property was safe the day before I missed it-I saw it all,was locked in a drawer-I put the key into another drawer,which was not locked;I missed it the next day,and made enquiry about it,and the prisoner helped me to look for it- but it was not found;I.saw the watch at Lambeth-street office,and the chain,but it was not then attached to the watch;when I lost it,the watch-chain,seals,a ring,key,and a slide,were all fastened together,and put it a red morocco case-I saw it at Lambeth-street about a month after I missed it,which was on the 2nd of February;my father rented the house-my husband was at sea.

William Brock.I am a shopman to Nicholls and Latter,pawnbrokers,No.80,Broad-street Ratcliff-cross.I took a gold chain in pawn on the 16th of February for 24s.of the prisoner-I am certain she is the person-she never pawned there before;she was about a quarter of an hour with me-
I am quite certain of her person;the prisoner said he the chain belonged to a Mrs.Page,for whom she pawned it,and her own name was Sarah Bowick,No 2,Webbs place,which is in Limehouse;I produced it at the office about a fortnight after-Mrs Muirhead claimed it.

Mrs Muirhead.This is my chain -I had had it about three months-I am positive of it.

Henry Hawkins.I am a pawnbroker,of Catherine-street,Limehouse.I brought a seal of the prisoner on the 16th or 17th of February;I am certain of her -she gave me her own name;she said it was given by her former sweetheart,and having married anyway person,she did not want it;the officer has it-this is it (looking at it)-I gave it to the officer.

Mrs Muirhead.I know this seal-it is exactly like mine-it is an amethyst seal,and no engraving on it;the prisoner left the service exactly a fortnight after I lost it.

Edward William Wiggins. I am a servant to Mr.Dicker,a pat,of Three Colt-street,Limehouse;I have a gold watch,pawned on the 21st of February,by the prisoner,in the name of Sarah Page;she said she pawned it for her mother;I am quite sure of his person -I have seen her in the neighbourhood at office on the 3rd of March,and claimed by Mrs. Muirhead.

Mrs.Muirhead.I am certain it is mine-my husband has no other christian name;I have had the watch about three months-and am certain of it.

James Lea.I am an officer of Lambeth-street.I apprehended that prisoner for on the 23rd of February in the room of Mrs. Higgins,a witness who is not here;I told her in was on suspicion of stealing a gold watch;she denied all knowledge of it;it coming down stairs she whipped very quick into the first floor room-I went to look for her,and found her behind the door;I found nothing on her;I took her to the office,and she was discharged;about four days after,Mrs Little Mrs Muirhead’s mother,brought her to the office in a coach;I then went round to see different pawnbrokers-I searched her-but found no duplicates on her;I have a seal,pawned in Ratcliff-highway;I have also a slide,ring,and key,which were found by the witness who is not here.

Mrs Muirhead.This is one of my seals;this slide,key and ring were all attached to my watch -I know them by pattern;I went after the prisoner’s char,and was satisfied with it.

John Little. I Keep this tavern,and rent the whole premises;my daughter slept in a room within the premises - it was part of the dwelling-house that I rented- it was as one house-my daughter paid me no rent- I could turn out of the room whenever I pleased.


Recommended to mercy by the prosecutrix,believing it to be her first offence,and on account of her youth.


Christine Sasse on 20th April, 2020 wrote:

Sarah married Captain John Westgarth on 27/11/1833 in the Parish of St Peters, Campbelltown in the County of Cumberland and was buried in the Parish of St Laurence in the County of Cumberland.  Sarah was a gardener and resided at Parramatta Road according to her burial certificate

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 2nd May, 2019 made the following changes:

firstname: Sarah1807 (prev. Sarah), date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), crime

Roger Churm on 2nd May, 2019 made the following changes:

firstname: Sarah (prev. Sarah1807)

Christine Sasse on 20th April, 2020 made the following changes:

term: 7 years (prev. 99 years), date of death: 28th February, 1844 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation

Christine Sasse on 23rd April, 2020 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 7 years)

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