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William Crawley

William Crawley, one of 150 convicts transported on the Caledonia, 05 July 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Crawley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Caledonia
Departure date: 5th July, 1820
Arrival date: 17th November, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 335 (169)
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 20th March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 March 2020), September 1819, trial of THOMAS CLARK JOHN AMOS WILLIAM CRAWLEY (t18190915-178).
THOMAS CLARK, JOHN AMOS, WILLIAM CRAWLEY, Theft > grand larceny, 15th September 1819.
1251. THOMAS CLARK , JOHN AMOS , and WILLIAM CRAWLEY were indicted for stealing, on the 31st of August , two coats, value 5 s.; two pair of breeches, value 7 s.; one pair of trowsers, value 2 s.; one waistcoat, value 6 d.; one pair of stockings, value 6 d., and one handkerchief, value 6 d. , the property of James Steel .

JAMES STEEL . I live at Tottenham , on Mr. Brigg’s premises - he allows me a room there for me and my wife to sleep in. On the 31st of August, about five o’clock, I left every thing safe, and went to work, returned at seven o’clock in the evening, and all my property was gone; on the 6th of September I saw Amos and Clark before the magistrate - Amos had my waistcoat on; I had had it fifteen years, He said he changed it with Crawley for a black one. I afterwards found my trowsers on Clark, who had turned them up at the knees to appear like breeches; my property was worth 4 l. It was all I had in the world.

SARAH STEEL . I am the wife of the last witness. I left my apartment about half-past five o’clock in the evening. I discovered that we were robbed. When Clark and Amos were before the magistrate, Clark had my husband’s waistcoat on - we afterwards found that Amos had the trowsers tucked up like breeches.

THOMAS WARD . I was employed to take care of some cows at Tottenham, near Steel’s house. On the 31st of August, about twelve o’clock, I saw the prisoners Crawley and Amos, a third person was looking out on the watch about a field off. They asked me if the people were gone out? I said No (though they were out), as I thought they were after no good. They said, if I told such a lie as that they would beat me. They then went and looked in my tent, there was nothing there but an old coat - Crawley said that was not worth taking. They knocked my tent down, then went towards the house, and I lost sight of them. I afterwards saw them in custody.

WILLIAM BYGRAVE. I am a hay-binder, and live at Tottenham. On the 31st of August, about two o’clock in the afternoon, I saw Crawley and Clark, with another man, whom I do not recollect - they were about three-quarters of a mile from the prosecutor’s - Crawley had something like a cloth under his arm, the other had a white bag at his back - they were coming towards Islington.

WILLIAM GOODMAN . I am beadle of Tottenham. Amos and Clark were given into my custody. I took them before the magistrate. Next morning Crawley was taken and delivered to me. As I took him to the House of Correction, I told him Amos had a waistcoat on, which he said he had from him in exchange for a black one. Crawley said,

“He is a fool for putting on that waistcoat, for he was sure to be known. Amos said he would put a pair of sleeves in it, and then nobody will know it - but since they have gone so far as that against me, have you examined Clark’s trowsers?” I said I had not. He said,

“He has now got on part of the stolen property, and the coats and breeches are pawned at Islington.” I found them at a pawnbroker’s at Islington. I went and found the trowsers on Clark.

GEORGE STOWELL . I am shopman to Mr. Drew, who is a pawnbroker, at Islington. On the 31st of August, about four o’clock, Amos pledged a coat and a pair of breeches with me.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

CLARK’S Defence. I gave Crawley a pair of breeches for the trowsers.

CLARK - GUILTY . Aged 17.


Transported for Seven Years .

AMOS - GUILTY . Aged 16.

Confined Six Months , and Whipped .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.


Convict Changes History

Ron Garbutt on 20th March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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