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Henry Crawley

Henry Crawley, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Crawley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1775
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 119 (61)
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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Ron Garbutt on 11th July, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 11 July 2020), October 1811, trial of HENRY CRAWLEY (t18111030-51).
HENRY CRAWLEY, Miscellaneous > returning from transportation, 30th October 1811.
854. HENRY CRAWLEY was indicted for returning before the expiration of the term for which he was ordered to be transported .

JOHN MILLER . I am a police officer. I produce the copy of the record of the conviction of the prisoner. I received it of Mr. Shelton. I saw him sign it.

(The copy of the conviction read.)

EDWARD VINGE . I am one of the turnkeys of Newgate.

Q. Where you here at the sessions last September twelve month. - A. I was not.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar. - A. Perfectly well, he was transported for seven years, I knew him there as a prisoner under that sentence in the jail of Newgate last September twelvemonth.

Q. What was his name. - A. Henry Crawley . I was not present when he was tried. After that Sessions he was detained, under that sentence, under the conviction of transportation for seven years.

Q. Do you know of his being removed from Newgate. - A. He was removed, I believe, on the 21st of February, 1811.

Q. What makes you think so. - A. That is the account in our books of the delivery on board the hulks. On the 21st of February I had the key of the main gate; when he was called down to be ironed with the

Q. Then he remained in Newgate from the Sessions till that time. - A. He did.

MR. BEASLY. I belong to the hulk at Woolwich. I received the prisoner on the 21st of February at the hulk at Woolwich.

Q. Was he ever discharged from the hulks. - A. No.

JOHN GRIFFITHS . I am a constable; from information I went in company with Miller, on the 30th of September, at nine in the evening, to the George public house, George yard. Whitechapel, we found the prisoner sitting in the tap room with another man in a box I told him he was wanted, he must go along with us, we took him down to the flying house by the office, I searched him, but found nothing but an old knife about him, I then took him into the parlour, we asked him how he got away, he said there was a hole made in the ship by some of the prisoners, and he got away. He asked me if I would not get out of the hole if I was there, I said yes, he said he got into the fields, and there he was four or five days, and there with a file he filed the irons off. When he was before Sir Daniel Williams , he said the reason of his going away was he was on board the hulk starved, and that was the reason of his going away.

Prisoner’s Defence. I leave it to Jesus Christ, and his twelve apostles, I received these two wounds in my head in Lord Duncan’s fleet, on board the Triumph, a ninety-four gun ship.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 30.

The prisoner was recommended to his Majesty’s mercy, on account of the wounds that he had received.

London jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .


Penny-Lyn Beale on 8th September, 2020 wrote:

Henry Crawley - General Hewitt 1814

1821 - 8 Sep. Object of Charity. On list of all persons victualed from H.M. Magazines
Page: 69. Rations; 1.

1822 - Petition for mitigation of sentence. Page: 78
Loss of eye sight in the employ of the crown about four years ago. Requesting he goes on the stores of Parramatta.

1822 - Pardon

1823 - 22-15 Sep-Oct 1823. John Dunn convicted by Court of Criminal Jurisdiction of assaulting & Robbing Henry Crawley at Parramatta. Goods to the value of 2 shillings Page: 107

1824 - Windsor Population Book

1833 - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records,
Parramatta Gaol. Parramatta Gaol Description Books, 1831-1833
Ship is listed as General Druitt - 1820??
Year of Birth - 1775
Height; 5 ft 6 inches
Complexion; Swarthy
Hair; Grey
Eyes; Gray - Blind
Transported from London for 7 years (is Blind)
Possible Death record
Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011
Liverpool St Luke.  27 February 1826 - 23 September 1838

Name; Dennis ???  Crawley
Abode; Liverpool Hospital
When Buried; 1834.  Nov 23rd
Age; 60. Estimated date of birth; 1774
Ships Name; General Hewitt
Quality or Profession; Lately residing at Parramatta - Free
By whom the Ceremony was preformed; Robert Cartwright

Convict Changes History

Ron Garbutt on 11th July, 2020 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 7 years), gender: m, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 8th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000)

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