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Benjamin Hinks

Benjamin Hinks, one of 150 convicts transported on the Caledonia, 05 July 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Hinks
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 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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Anonymous on 16th August, 2012 wrote:

Benjamin Hinks was 24 years old and was transported for stealing a saddle, value 40s., the goods of George Sherward, a horse dealer.
James Francis was found guilty of receiving the same saddle, and was transported for 14 years, he was 45 years old.

There were many punishments; assaulting a Doctor, disobeying orders, being drunk, and stealing £43 from Johnathan Smith-discharged. This was the last entry in the conduct record.

Living in Launceston;
8/2/1822: Was overseer of goal gang, Launceston.
3/8/1822: appointed as a Constable at George Town by the Commandant at Port Dalrymple.

Ron Garbutt on 20th March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 March 2020), July 1819, trial of BENJAMIN HINKS JAMES FRANCIS (t18190707-79).
BENJAMIN HINKS, JAMES FRANCIS, Theft > grand larceny, Theft > receiving, 7th July 1819.
984. BENJAMIN HINKS was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of May , one saddle, value 40 s. , the goods of George Sherward , and JAMES FRANCIS was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen .

MR. GEORGE SHERWARD . I am a horse-dealer , my stables are in Pitt’s Head-yard, Park-lane . On Sunday, the 2d of May, I lost the saddle.

SAMUEL CHESTER . I am servant to the prosecutor. I left the stables between six and seven o’clock on Sunday evening, and locked them up - every thing was then safe. I went at six o’clock next morning, and missed the saddle; the door was still locked; a person could get in by lifting up the sky-light. I saw the saddle afterwards at Marlborough-street. I had seen Hinks about the yard.

WILLIAM SPENDLOVE . I am a dealer in harness, and live in Crawford-street. On Saturday, the 3d of May, I was in Park-street, and saw the prisoner, Hinks, coming up Reeves’s-mews, he was looking at the stables. I went and asked him if he had any harness or saddles to dispose of? he said I had sold the sweeps in Lord Denbeigh’s case - I said he was mistaken. He said,

“If I had known you had been staunch, I would have brought you 50 l. worth of things;” I said I was staunch enough. He then said he had got a saddle in pawn in a street leading to Oxford-street, but there was a row about it, and the duplicate was burnt. We went to Mount-street to drink; a man came in whom I did not wish to see, and we went to another house at the corner of South Audley-street. I said,

“You have burnt the duplicate, how will you get it without going to a magistrate?” He asked me if I knew Jem Francis? I said I did not know him by name. He said

“He has been a cross cove for these twenty years, and I have been on the cross three years, and Francis used always to dispose of my things, but he did not exactly come up to the mark, and I dispose of them myself in general, but the pawnbroker knows Francis, and will let him have the saddle in a moment without the duplicate.” He then asked me if I bought shiners? which means glasses. I said I only bought saddles and harness. He asked if I bought box-coats? I said I did not mind one or two, if they were drab ones. He said he had had fifteen pair of shiners, and nine box-coats. He said if I would give him my direction he would go to Francis, get the saddle, and bring it to me in the evening - that it was in pawn for 12 s., and I should have it for 8 s. more, and I need not dispute his word about its being worth that. I watched him out of the public-house, and saw him go down Street’s-buildings, where Francis lived. I then went to Marlborough-street, gave information, an officer came to my house, and waited for him that evening, but he did not come. About six o’clock on Sunday morning he came with a sack which had box-coats and other things in it, but not the saddle. I told him I expected a country dealer, that I would go and look for him, and told him to wait at the public-house the while. He took his sack and went. I fetched Wales, the officer, to my house - I then fetched Hinks - Wales acted as a country dealer, and agreed to buy the things of him. I asked him about the saddle; he said he could not see Francis, but he could get it at eight o’clock next morning if we liked. He said a man of his party had got a gig harness and saddle; he went for it, but did not return. I went into the country, and when I returned in the evening I found he had been, and that I should find him at the Britannia. I went and called him out, and asked him why he did not bring the saddle? he said he had sold it in the Borough, but he should have something for me in the morning, and appointed to come at six o’clock, but did not. I saw him on Tuesday morning, about ten o’clock, at the corner of Berner’s-street, and asked him why he did not come? he said he had nothing in my way, but he was going to Cherwood’s, in Gee’s-court.

Q. Did he bring you any saddle - A. No. I went to Chesswood’s, and saw him and Chesswood making a skeleton key; I went and told Plank, and had him apprehended.

SAMUEL PLANK . I am an officer. Spendlove fetched me; I went to Henrietta-street, close to Gee’s-court, and saw Hinks go into the Lamb and Flag, public-house - Chesswood and Spendlove followed him. I apprehended Hinks, and found four skeleton keys in his pocket. I had information, which led me to Aldous’s, the pawnbroker, in Berwick-street, where I found a saddle, which the prosecutor claimed - the duplicate was in the name of Francis, pledged on the 3d of May, for 12 s. On Tuesday morning early I went to Francis’s lodgings, found him in bed, and asked him if he knew Hinks? he said he did. I asked him if he had received any saddle from him? he said No. I said,

“You have, for you have pledged it at Aldous’s.” he then said he had.

JOHN SHERVALL . I am servant to Mr. Aldous, a pawnbroker. On Monday, the 3d of May, about twelve o’clock, Francis pledged a saddle for 12 s. He gave his address,

“No. 17, Berwick-street.” I knew him before.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

JOHN WALES . I am an officer. On the 30th of May Spendlove gave me information - I went to his house, and saw Hinks; I represented myself as a country dealer. He said he sold one saddle, and had another in pawn.

HINKS’S Defence. I met one Dodsworth, who formerly worked for the prosecutor - he had a saddle. I went to the Crabtree; while we there Francis came in. Dodsworth asked where he could pledge the saddle? I asked Francis to pledge it; he took and pledged it for 12 s. I gave Dodsworth the duplicate, and he gave me 2 s.

- CHESSWORTH. Dodsworth left my master’s service soon after the saddle was stolen, and went to work for my master’s brother.

FRANCIS’S Defence. I was coming from market, and called at the public-house - I had lent them 1 s., they said if I would pledge the saddle they would pay me. I pledged it for 12 s. I did not know it was stolen.

HINKS - GUILTY . Aged 24.

Transported for Seven Years .


Transported for Fourteen Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.


Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 16th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1795-00-00, gender m

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


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