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George Herring

George Herring, one of 180 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 15 April 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1830
Age: 32 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 55 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: Norfolk
Departure date: 15th April, 1825
Arrival date: 18th August, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 256
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 7th April, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Name; George Herring
Trial where & Date; Middlesex - 16 Sep 1824. 
Sentence; Life.

Old Bailey On Line

Born; 1798
Imprisoned; 1824
Tried; 16 Sep 1824
Sentence Respited; 20 Nov 1824

GEORGE HERRING, Theft > theft from a specified place, 16th September 1824.
Before Mr. Justice Littledate.

1426. GEORGE HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 2d of September , at St. Pancras , a coat, value 30 s. the goods of John Richards ; a coat, value 1 l.; a pair of trowsers, value 8 s.; a waistcoat, value 5 s.; a shirt, value 4 s.; a pair of stockings, value 1 s.; and a handkerchief, value 1 s. the goods of William Cartwright , in the dwelling house of the said John Richards .

MARY RICHARDS . I am the wife of John Richards , we live in Rayleigh Street, in the parish of St. Pancras . The prisoner came to lodge with us on Tuesday night, the 31st of August and left on Saturday morning, the 2nd of September about seven o’clock. My husband had gone out about a quarter to six o’clock. Before the prisoner went out, I heard a noise in the room where he lodged, like a box being broken open. I got up, and went into the front parlour, and waited there until the prisoner came down stairs. I saw him at the foor of the stairs, with a large bundle in his hand, and asked him what it was; he said it was a bundle which he had brought with him the night before. I said he had brought none on the night before, for I had met him in the passage, and gave him a light and he had none. I took the bundle out of his hand, and on his turning to go out, I saw my lodger’s waistcoat in his pocket; his name is Cartwright; he slept in the same room. I bolted the street door to prevent his going out. He went up into his own room, and I saw him take out of his pocket, Cartwright’s handkerchief, waistcoat, and a pair of blue stockings; and he had Cartwright’s trowsers on over his own; I saw him take them off. I went next door and got two young men to my assistance. There was two coats and a shirt in the bundle. One coat belonged to my husband, and all the other things to Cartwright, who had lodged nearly five years with us. I know his things; he had slept there, and gone out at half past six o’clock. I looked at his box, and found the lock broken open. I went for an officer, and gave the prisoner in charge with the property. My husband’s coat had been in Cartwright’s box. I had washed his linen several times and knew it well, and the coat.

Prisoner. Q. When I took the lodging did I not refer you to persons who knew me? - A. He referred me to his uncle, but we did not enquire till the day of the robbery. The property was in a box, which has a moulding round the edge of the lid; I believe it is called a lipping, which came about half an inch over. He made no particular resistance; he ran up stairs when I bolted the door. I saw the waistcoat hanging out of his pocket, and saw him take it out; also the handkerchief and stockings.

WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT . I am a tailor and have lodged in Richard’s house nearly five years. On the morning of the 2nd of September, I went out about half past six, and left the prisoner in bed; he slept in my room. I had a box there, it was locked on the Tuesday night; I did not try it afterwards. I had left a coat, trowsers, shirt, waistcoat, handkerchief, and stockings in it; and a coat of Richards’s, which I had made for him: he did not want it, and so it was left in my box.

BENJAMIN PARRETT . I am constable of St. Pancras. The prosecutor’s house is in that parish. On the 2nd of September, about seven o’clock, I was fetched and saw the prosecutrix who gave me this bundle, containing two coats, a pair of trowsers, a waistcoat, shirt, neck-handkerchief, and stockings. I have had it ever since, and now produce it in the same state in which I received it. I took the prisoner to the watch-house.

MARY RICHARDS re-examined. It is the bundle I gave him; all the things were in it then. Some were in his pocket, when I stopped him. I locked them all in the box on Tuesday morning, when the prisoner came. I had the key of the box in my possession.

WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT . These things are mine, and are worth 35 s. Richards’ coat is quite new, and is worth 30 s. I had not been to the box after Monday.

Prisoner’s Defence. It was extreme distress, and I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 26.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 7th April, 2021 wrote:

1830 - Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, Liverpool St Luke
No; 205
Name; George Herring
Abode; Liverpool Hospital
When Buried; 7 Dec 1830
Age; 47 ** as per register **
Ships Name; Norfolk
Quality or profession; Assigned Servant to Wm Jones
By whom the Ceremony was performed; Robert Cartwright.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 7th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 7th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1830 (prev. 0000)

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