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William Carney

William Carney, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, 29 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Carney
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 20th May, 1833
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 29th March, 1820
Arrival date: 7th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 278
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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D Wong on 17th October, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
1st December 1819
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM CARNEY and EDWARD WALKER were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of November, one handkerchief, value 4 s., the property of Thomas Rutherford, from his person.
THOMAS RUTHERFORD. On the 11th of November, I believe it was about three o’clock, I was near the top of Ludgate-street , and was called to by a gentleman behind me to stop two men who were walking in front of me; I stopped Walker, who was the foremost one. The gentleman had a handkerchief in his hand, which was mine. He had Carney by the collar. We put them into a coach, with another one, who escaped out of the coach. We took the prisoners to the Compter. I had no idea how they got my handkerchief.

Cross-examined. by MR. WALFORD. Q. It might have dropped out - A. For what I know - my pocket was very loose.

JOHN CHAUNE. In the afternoon of the 11th of November I was going down Ludgate-street, and saw two young men on the other side of the street - from their appearance and manner I thought they were pickpockets. I turned back to watch them, and saw by their motions they were going to attempt to pick the prosecutor’s pocket. Presently I saw one of them with his hand in Mr. Rutherford’s pocket, I cannot say which it was. I instantly started across the street to secure them, and met Carney coming out from between two coaches, which stood by the pavement - he was one of them; he was putting on his hat, which was off before. I saw him putting the handkerchief into his hat. I collared him, and took his hat from his hand - he struggled to get from me, but did not succeed. I dragged him into St. Paul’s Church-yard after the other two, and got some gentlemen to secure them. I am sure they were all three connected - Walker was one of them.

Cross-examined. Q. The coaches were between them - A. Yes, they stood still. I saw them pick his pocket - I think the man who escaped did it. The other men kept on the same side.

JOHN HODGSON. I am an officer. I took the prisoners to the Compter.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

CARNEY’S Defence. I was going up Ludgate-street by myself - two or three young men were before me. I do not know who threw the handkerchief down, but I saw it between the coaches, and picked it up. I said I had just picked it up.

WALKER’S Defence. The prosecutor came, and collared me - I know nothing of it.

Transported for Life.

Edward Walker was also on board Mangles.

William Carney was 18 years old on arrival - Native Place: London.

William was 5’8” tall, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes.

5/8/1829: TOL Cooke.

31/3/1829: Allowed to remain in the District of Cooke - on recommendation of Bringelly Bench.

18/5/1833 Sydney Gazette:
William Carney, stood indicted for the wilful murder of Michael Keith, at Evan, on the 9th of March Last, by inflicting on him a mortal wound to have been inflicted with a tomahawk.
He received a sentence of death, to be carried into execution on Monday morning next ; his body to be given to the surgeons for dissection.

20/5/1833: Convict Death Register - William was executed.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th May, 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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