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Richard Evans

Richard Evans, one of 200 convicts transported on the Asia, 22 October 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Evans
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 5th January, 1825
Arrival date: 29th April, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 202
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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Maureen Withey on 2nd February, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 February 2021), April 1824, trial of RICHARD EVANS JOHN TAYLOR (t18240407-5).

RICHARD EVANS, JOHN TAYLOR, Theft > burglary, 7th April 1824.
Before Mr. Justice Best.
612. RICHARD EVANS and JOHN TAYLOR were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Charles Knights , about one o’clock in the night of the 1st of March , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, an apron, value 3 d.; three bottles of blacking, value 1 s.; a crown piece, sixteen shillings, and the sum of 3 l. 5 s. 11 1/4 d., in copper monies , the property of the said Charles Knights .
CHARLES KNIGHTS . I keep an oil shop , at No. 235, High-street , in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch. On the last day of February, I went to bed about half-past eleven o’clock - I fastened all the doors myself. I left Mary Anderson , the servant, up. I left about 2 l. 10 s. in halfpence and pence in my desk, tied up in an apron; there was at least 15 s. in silver in the till, consisting of sixpences, shillings, and a crown piece - a bag, containing 7 s. or 8 s. worth of farthings was in or on the desk. I got up about ten minutes past six o’clock on the 1st of March, and received information, went down into the parlour behind the shop, and found that door locked, but a door which opens into the shop from the cellar had the staple wrenched off. I went into the cellar, and found the flap outside, under the window in the yard, had been lifted up, they could get down there, and then into the shop; the flap was down the night before, but I cannot say whether it was fastened; there had been some things on the flap overnight, which were removed in the morning, and there appeared footmarks on the wall. About eleven o’clock that morning I went with Attfield and Garton to Providence-place, Novascotia-gardens, Bethnal-green, and found the prisoners sitting together in the same room; it is a mile and a quarter from my house. The officers said they had come about a robbery, and asked if there was any money in the house which they owned - Evans said there was; they asked if there was any copper; he said Yes, there were ten papers of copper. Garton handed my apron to me. The officers asked if there were any farthings; Evans said Yes, there was, and pointed to a hat-box on the mantle piece in the next room. When we had found all the property, Taylor said,
“You need not go any further, Mr. Knights must know what he has lost.” Evans’s wife was in the room. My shop door was found open in the morning.
Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Evans said the papers of copper were there - A. Yes. I am notsure that Taylor said anything about the money - he said I must know what I had lost.
Q. Had you before that said that you had found all you missed - A. I do not recollect saying so.
MARY ANDERSON . I am servant to Mr. Knights. On the night of the robbery I went to bed about twelve o’clock; everything was safe then. I did not go into the shop that night. I got up about half-past six o’clock; my master was up first. I went into the yard, and some things which were on the cellar flap the night before were moved off, and put into the yard - the flap was down as it was the night before; it has a fastening, but I cannot say whether it was fastened.
WILLIAM ATTFIELD . I am a constable. I examined the prosecutor’s premises, and saw chips on the wall, as if it had been done by the toes of a person getting over. I went with Mr. Knights to No. 5, Providence-place - the prisoners and Evans’s wife were sitting by the fire-side, drinking rum; Mr. Knights gave them in charge on suspicion of robbing his house. I searched Taylor, and found a crown piece, 11 s. 6 d. in silver, and 1 s. 5 d. in copper; the prosecutor produced a bottle of blacking from the mantle piece or the table. Garton and the prosecutor looked round, and handed me two more bottles of blacking. I went into the adjoining room, and behind a door-way found ten 5 s. papers of copper on the window-ledge, and under the bed I found 6 s. 9 1/2 d. in copper, in a basket. I found a crow-bar in the room. The prisoners were tied together - Garton asked them if there were any farthings, and I think Evans pointed to a band-box over the mantle piece; I went there, and found 6 s. 9 d. in farthings. Garton asked if there was anything else in the house which they owned; Taylor said,
“Mr. Knights ought to know best what he has lost;” Evans said to him,
“Hold your tongue, for it is all my property.” I compared the crowbar with some dents in the door post of the cellar; it tallied with them, and with some dents on the desk.
Cross-examined. Q. You know that Evans lives there, and Taylor quite in a different place - A. Taylor lives near our office.
Q. Do you call that a crow-bar - A. It is called a jemmy, and is used for breaking open small drawers or boxes.
THOMAS GARTON . I am an officer. I was present with Attfield, and searched Evans; I found four shillings and a sixpence in his right-hand breeches pocket, and 3 s. 1 d. in copper in his other pocket - I asked him if there was any more money in the house belonging to him; he said, Yes, there were some 5 s. papers of copper, and shewed me where they were; Attfield found ten papers. Evans had the apron on his person. I found two bottles of blacking on the mantle piece, and in the front room I found 4 s. 7 d. in a tea-caddy. I asked Evans if there were any farthings, and he pointed to the hand-box.
Cross-examined. Q. You know Taylor - A. His father lives close to our office, and is a hard working man. I never heard anything against the son.
CHARLES KNIGHTS . The apron is mine. I lost three bottles of blacking of the same sort as this - Day and Martin’s. It was light when I got up.
MARY ANDERSON . I know the apron.
EVANS’S Defence. The money found upon me I received at the East India Docks, for a Newfoundland dog, which I sold for 5 l. The apron is my own.
TAYLOR’S Defence. I know nothing of the money. I had 10 s. on the Friday before, and my father gave me 5 s. on Saturday evening.
CHARLOTTE ROBINSON . On the Monday evening before Taylor was taken up, I paid him 10 s., I believe it was two half-crowns and five shillings, for repairing a double chest of drawer - he is a cabinet maker. I have known him seven years; he bears a good character for what I know. I live in Long-alley.
JOHN TAYLOR . I am the prisoner’s father. On the Saturday evening before he was taken, I gave him 5 s. I never kept him without money.
MR. BRODRICK. Q. Does he live with you - A. Yes, and was with me till eight or nine o’clock on Monday evening.
COURT. Q. Did he sleep at home - A. I went out, and went to bed when I came home, and do not know.
MARY BUCKLEY . I live in Devonshire-buildings, next door to Taylor’s father. Taylor had been doing a few jobs for me on Monday; I owed him 3 s. 6 d., which I paid him on Monday afternoon, in silver.
Of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of burglary .

Convict Application to Marry.
Richard Evans, per Asia (5), age 30, Life, Bond; and Margaret McGolrick, alias May McGolrick, Forth 2, age 32, 7 years, Bond.  Date of application, 21 May 1833, Sydney, Revd. Richard Hill.


Convict Index, 1791-1873.
Margaret or Mary McGobrick, Forth 1830, Certificate of Freedom, 7 Feb 1837, 37/0094; Wife of Richard Evans, per Asia, 1825, (as stated on her CF)

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd February, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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