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William Field

William Field, one of 100 convicts transported on the Asia, 19 November 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Field
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
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: Theft~housebreaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 19th November, 1827
Arrival date: 13th March, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 101 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 305 (154)
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 13th November, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 13 November 2019), June 1825, trial of WILLIAM FIELD THOMAS GODWIN (t18250630-6).
WILLIAM FIELD, THOMAS GODWIN, Theft > housebreaking, 30th June 1825.

Before Mr. Baron Garrow.

1056. WILLIAM FIELD and THOMAS GODWIN were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Hannah Doublet , widow , about eight o’clock in the afternoon of the 18th of June , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch (the said Hannah Doublet and others therein being), and stealing therein three pairs of spectacles, value 15 s., and an eye-glass, value 3 s. , her property.

HANNAH DOUBLET. I am a widow, and live at No. 47, Paul-street, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch ; I sell spectacles and glasses. On Saturday, the 18th of June, at eight o’clock, I was at home - I had been in the shop a quarter of an hour before; a neighbour alarmed me - I went to my shop window, which was sound a quarter of an hour before; I found the glass broken in, and property gone. I found the prisoners in custody, and saw a pair of spectacles found on Godwin, by one Bunning, who gave them to me, in his presence, and said, in his hearing, that he had found them under his jacket. Taylor, the officer, came. The property was within reach when the glass was broken.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MARGARET HARRISON . I live nearly opposite to Mrs. Doublet. On the 18th of June, about eight o’clock, I observed the prisoners standing at her window; Field’s hand was through the window - he seemed to take something out, and gave it to Godwin; he did the same again, and then they turned away from the window; I called my brother, who crossed the road and secured them. Nobody else was near.

SAMUEL TAYLOR . I am an officer. I took the prisoners into custody at the prosecutrix’s house - she gave me the spectacles. The pane of glass was broken, and some of it laid inside.



Strongly recommended to Mercy, on account of their youth .

D Wong on 14th November, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Godwin arrived VDL per ‘Bussorah Merchant’ 1830.

William Field was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

Occupation: Glasscutter’s boy.

William could read, he was 4’7” tall, fair ruddy complexion, brown hair and eyes, DA.MA.EA. on upper part F. heart and } on lower part left arm, DA.EM on left, marks of rings on three fingers left hand and second of right, EA and other marks inside left leg, brown spot on right side of forehead.

Assigned to Carters Barracks.

13/2/1845: TOL Queanbeyan
9/6/1849: CP

Maureen Withey on 18th April, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/67/61825 June

I individual petition (Hannah Doublet the prosecutrix of Paul Street Shoreditch) on behalf of William Field (13) and Thomas Godwin (11) convicted at the Old Bailey in June 1825 of stealing spectacles and eye glasses. Grounds for clemency: prosecutrix has her own family and feels sorry for the boys. Asks Robert Peel to carry out the promise he made to Goodwin’s father when he met him at Kensington not to send the boys out of the country. Gaoler’s Report: Field in Newgate before. Godwin not known. Initial sentence: transportation for life. Annotated:’ Nil’.ML6

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 13th November, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 14th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), crime

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