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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 4th July, 1783
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th May, 1840
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Britannia III
Departure date: January, 1798
Arrival date: 18th July, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, 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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Community Contributions

Louise O'Brien on 15th June, 2020 wrote:

Sarah was only 14 years at the time and was caught stealing clothing.

Maureen Withey on 15th June, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 15 June 2020), October 1797, trial of SARAH JOHNSON (t17971025-9).
SARAH JOHNSON, Theft > grand larceny, 25th October 1797.

590. SARAH JOHNSON was indicted, for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of October , a linen shirt, value 6s. a linen shift, value 2s. a check linen apron, value 10d. a black silk bonnet, value 3s. and a scarlet cloth cloak, value 6d. the property of Philip Baldwin .

ELIZABETH BALDWIN sworn. - I am the wife of Philip Baldwin. Last Thursday I lost the things named in the indictment; I left them in the house for a quarter of an hour, and when I came back again, the prisoner was gone with the property.

SARAH WORLIDGE sworn. - I saw the prisoner go out with the things about three o’clock, and I followed her across the fields; I desired her to stop and throw the things down, she said she had nothing, and I followed her till she did throw them down.(The constable produced the property, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner’s defence. I did it from necessity and want.

GUILTY (Aged 14.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

Convict Changes History

Louise O'Brien on 15th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 4th July, 1783 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th May, 1840 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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