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Joseph Hurst, one of 138 convicts transported on the Lady Ridley, 04 January 1821
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 56 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
4th January, 1821
27th June, 1821
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 137 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 3
||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 6th March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 March 2020), June 1820, trial of JOSEPH HURST (t18200628-5).
JOSEPH HURST, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th June 1820.
726. JOSEPH HURST was indicted for feloniously assaulting Edward Woodward , on the King’s highway, on the 12th of June , at St. Luke, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 50 s.; one chain, value 1 s.; two seals, value 30 s., and one key, value 1 s., his property .
EDWARD WOODWARD . I am a Manchester warehouseman , and live in Wood-street, Cheapside. On the 12th of June, about twenty minutes past ten o’clock at night, I was going along Goswell-street - opposite the dead wall there is a court, and about ten yards from the court three men suddenly rushed upon me, one of them forced himself against me; he came very hard against me, pushed me aside, and almost stunned me - it was certainly done designedly - one of the others came on the other side of me; I was so confused that I do not know where the third man was, they were in different directions about me; one of them snatched my watch, I felt it going, and put my hand down to save it, but could not. I turned round, and struck a man’s arm on my watch - the watch dropped, the chain broke, I snatched at the watch to get it off the ground - the prisoner and the others snatched at it also. I can swear he was one of them - he snatched it off the ground. I immediately caught hold of him, and called out for help - he was too strong for me, got off before any one came, and ran up a narrow street, down Sycamore-street, into Old-street, across Goswell-street, into Wilderness-row, where he was stopped. I never lost sight of him from the time he got from me till he was taken by Fisher. Next morning, about five o’clock, I went to the Charterhouse-gardens, with Hone and Fisher, and found the watch in the gardens, the Wilderness-row side. I had seen the prisoner opposite that place. I received the push at the time the watch was taken.
Cross-examined by MR. ARABIN. Q. The prisoner was a stranger to you - A. Yes. I never lost sight of him.
THOMAS FISHER . I was passing along Goswell-street, heard the cry of Stop thief! and saw the prisoner running as fast as he could, without his hat, from Old-street-road, down Wilderness-row; I pursued, and just as I was in the act of taking him I saw him throw the watch over the wall into the Charterhouse-gardens - I saw plainly it was a watch. I secured him. Next morning, between four and five o’clock, I went with the prosecutor and constable and found it there, within four yards of the wall. The prosecutor claimed it.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you sober - A. I never tasted anything but water in my life.
THOMAS HONE . I am a constable. I went with Fisher to the gardens, and found the watch.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I understand Fisher has been convicted in this Court, and his brother-in-law is now in Newgate for trial.
THOMAS FISHER re-examined. I never was here in my life, and have no brother-in-law in Newgate.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 21.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.
Tasmanian Conduct Record https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-18$init=CON31-1-18p106
306. Joseph Hurst, Tried 25 June 1820, Life.
Mother at Clerkenwell, Warren Street.
Conditionally emancipated No 522, 21 Aug 1833.
Free Pardon No 794 26th Oct 1841.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 6th March, 2020 made the following changes: