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Richard Herring

Richard Herring, one of 376 convicts transported on the Fairlie, 14 October 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 5th June, 1834
Age: 22 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fairlie
Departure date: 14th October, 1833
Arrival date: 15th February, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 375 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 240
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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D Wong on 31st March, 2015 wrote:

RICHARD HERRING, Theft > simple larceny, Deception > fraud, 5th September 1833.

Reference Number: t18330905-43
Offences: Theft > simple larceny; Deception > fraud
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Transportation; Transportation

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RICHARD HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of July , 1 order for payment, and value of 5l. , the property of Hugh Biers .
HUGH BIERS . I live in Dorset-place, Dorset-square. The prisoner called on me on the 29th of July, and said he had called for Mr. Woodin’s account; he had called once or twice before, but he had not seen me - I owed Mr. Woodin 3l. 11s.; I asked the prisoner what the amount was, and he told me it was 3l. 11s. - I asked him to give me change for 5l.; he said he could not, but he would bring the change down, and I wrote him a cheque for 5l.; he did not return, and I did not see him again till he was at the office - Mr. Woodin afterwards called to know if I had paid his former clerk, and said he was not his clerk then - this is the cheque.
WILLIAM TYSON . I am clerk to Sir Claude Scott and Co. This cheque was paid at our house on the 29th of July, the day it is dated.
DENNIS WOODIN . I am a veterinary surgeon. The prisoner has been my clerk , but had been discharged on the 1st of July; he had access to my accounts, and could know who was indebted to me - some papers were found on him, and among the rest is the sum due from Mr. Biers, extracted from my books.
Prisoner. That account is not in the paper. Witness. I believe it was, but I have not seen the paper since the night he was taken.
Prisoner’s Defence. Mr. Woodin discharged me at a moment’s notice - I had no one to apply to, and no means of support - he knows well enough that I had no intention to defraud him, or I could have done it, without leaving myself open to the law of my country - I hope, being my first offence, you will visit it with a light punishment - I meant to have repaid it.

GUILTY . - Aged 21. Transported for Seven Years .

RICHARD HERRING was again indicted for falsely pretending to one William Ingarfield, that he had come from Mr.Dennis Woodin, and obtaining from him 3 sovereigns, 16 shillings, and 1 sixpence, with intent to cheat and defraud him thereof.
WILLIAM INGARFIELD. I am a fishmonger, and live at No. 36, Paddington-street. Mr. Woodin is my veterinary surgeon - I owed him some money; and on the 15th of July, the prisoner called on me, and said he came for Mr. Woodin’s bill or account; I said certainly - I took the bill off the file; it was 4l. 11s. - I said, “Mr. Woodin owes me a little bill for fish; I suppose that is to be deducted” - he said certainly - I made the deduction and paid him 3l. 16s. 6d.
DENNIS WOODIN . This gentleman owed me this money, but on the 15th of July the prisoner was not in my employ - I did not send him for it, and I never had the money.
WILLIAM HODGE . (police-constable N 97). I took the prisoner - I found some papers on him.
GUILTY . Aged 21.
Transported for Seven Years longer.

Richard Herring was 22 years old when he arrived in February 1834. He was born in Lambeth c. 1812. After arrival in the colony, he was sent to the Phoenix hulk and while there met up with a desperate character by the name of Henry Smith who also had once been a merchant’s clerk. Herring and Smith together with two other prisoners by the names of Michael Lahey and Michael Lawless made their escape from the Phoenix Hulk and robbed several properties. Richard Herring was hung as a bushranger on the 5th June 1834 just four months after arrival.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 31st March, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th June, 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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