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George Buckridge

George Buckridge, one of 160 convicts transported on the Guildford, 22 August 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Buckridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 22nd December, 1801
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1865
Age: 63 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 22nd August, 1823
Arrival date: 15th March, 1824
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 HO11/5, Page Number 85 (44)
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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Denis Pember on 3rd June, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
09 April 1823, trial of GEORGE BUCKERIDGE (t18230409-90).
GEORGE BUCKERIDGE, Theft > grand larceny, 9th April 1823.
574. GEORGE BUCKERIDGE was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of February , a coat, value 15 s.; a waistcoat, value 5 s.; a pair of trowsers, value 7 s.; two pair of stockings, value 5 s.; two neckerchiefs, value 2 s., and two handkerchiefs, value 2 s. , the goods of Andrew Helder Doncaster .
ANDREW HELDER DONCASTER. I am an ironmonger; and live in Cambden-row, Bethnal-green. These articles were in my chest, which was unlocked; I missed them out of it on the 27th of February, about nine o’clock in the morning. Hopkins was bringing it to Walbrook for me. I have not found them.
JOHN HOPKINS. I am errand boy to Mr. Morgan, wholesale ironmonger - Mr. Doncaster is his clerk. On the 26th of February, I had his box on the truck about a quarter before eight o’clock at night. The prisoner came up to me near a doctor’s shop in the Bethnal-green-road, and asked how far I was going, I said to the Mansion-house - he said he would push behind for me as far as he was going; I was glad of his assistance, as it was very heavy. I put the handle down to have a rest in Church-street, and, on turning round, saw him running away with something under his arm. I pursued him a good way, calling Stop thief! - he got away; I found a sheet and handkerchief laying by the chest. An officer came up and put them in - he helped me with it to Walbrook. Mr. Doncaster was very ill, but when he recovered he missed these things out.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Was the trunk closed while you went in pursuit - A. Yes; and when he came up it was well corded. I found the cord cut - I never saw him before, but am sure of him - my back was towards him when he was pushing - it was dusk; but there was gas lights. I saw him again in about an hour; I pointed him out myself - he opened the turnpike-gate for me, and then I saw him plainly, as there are two gas lights there. The officers took me to about five public-houses to look for him. I described him as having a velvet collar, a flock hat, and being marked with the smallpox.
ANN DONCASTER. I am the wife of the prosecutor, and put his things in the trunk, and when it got to Walbrook these were missing - it was corded up.
JOHN ISAACSON. I am a constable of Bethnal-green; I heard the alarm and came out of my house, and saw the boy, who said the trunk was robbed, and the thief had gone down a turning - I found the cord cut. He said the man had a very rusty velvet collar, and a flock hat, and was pitted very much with the small-pox. Gibbs and I went with him and delivered the box at Walbrook, then returned to Bethnal-green - we went to four or five public-houses, and when we got to the Bladebone public-house, there were nine or ten people in the tap-room. The boy went into the tap-room before me; he came out and said, the man who did it was standing in the corner smoking his pipe. I went in and took the prisoner - he denied it; he answered the description given by the boy. I found 10 s. 2 d. on him.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you see no other man in a velvet collar and flock hat - No; not answering the description given by the boy - he cried when he went home to his master and seemed much agitated. The cord was not cut clean - it must have been done with some instrument; I found no instrument upon the prisoner - none of the property has been found.
WILLIAM GIBBS. I am an officer; Isaacson applied to me; I saw the boy safe home. In an hour and a half we went with the boy to different public-houses - he described the man to me; and as I knew the prisoner, it answered the description - he fixed upon nobody until hegot to the Bladebone; we stopped at the door and sent him in; he came out and said,
“The young man who robbed me is smoking his pipe.” I went in and called the prisoner out by his name - he denied the charge - he lives in Gibraltar-walk, about a hundred yards from where he ran away from the truck.
Cross-examined. Q. You took him at the public-house next to his lodgings - A. Yes.
GUILTY. Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years.

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, George was assigned to his uncle Daniel Buckridge (Convict, 1792 “William Pitt”).

We can find him resident there soon after arrival.
In the 1825 Census…
Buckeridge, George, convict, Guildford, 7 years, government servant with Daniel Buckeridge, Sydney.

In the 1828 Census of NSW:
Page 69…
[Ref B3063] Buckridge, Daniel, 57, conditional pardon, Wm. Pitt, 1792, life, Protestant, farmer, Pitt Town, 15 acres, 15 acres cleared and cultivated.
[Ref B3064] Buckridge, Eleanor, 57, free by servitude, Neptune, 1790, 3 years, Protestant.
[Ref B3065] Buckridge, George, 25 government servant, Surry, 1823, 7 years, Protestant.

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 wrote:

On 10th March 1834 at Pitt Town, George married Eleanor Wright.  Eleanor had benn born in the colony and was in fact the grand-daughter of Joseph Wright (First Fleet Convict, 1788, “Scarborough”) and Eleanor Gott (Second Fleet Convict, 1790, “Neptune”) and also Lachlan Ross (NSW Corps, 190, “Scarborough”) and Mary Holland (Convict, 1796, “Indispensible”).
George and Eleanor had three children; Daniel 1835, Mary 1837 and Sarah 1840.  Eleanor died in 1841, leaving George a widower with three young children.
On 20th April 1843, George married Elizabeth Smallwood.
St James Church of England Bathurst Street Pitt Town marriage register.
Text: Married by banns. George Buckridge and Elizabeth Smallwood. Bride and groom made their X marks. Witnessed by Sophia Smith of Pitt town and Joseph Wright of Pitt Town.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Daniel Smallwood (Third Fleet Convict, 1791, “Matilda”) and Ann Young (Second Fleet Convict, 1790, “Lady Juliana”).

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 3rd June, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 22nd December, 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1865 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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