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William Kidman

William Kidman, one of 250 convicts transported on the Prince George, 20 December 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Kidman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 27th December, 1855
Age: 40 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft of hankerchief
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Prince George
Departure date: 20th December, 1836
Arrival date: 8th May, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 420
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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Shirley Gow on 22nd June, 2014 wrote:

Obtained Ticket of Leave 18/7/1841, 41/1397 Certificate of Freedom issued 30/1/1846 46/0112
Married 14/6/1847 to Bridget Sullivan
They had three children William, Samuel and Elizabeth.  Have records on both William and Samuel but cannot find any records on Elizabeth after her birth.

D Wong on 22nd June, 2014 wrote:

WILLIAM KIDMAN, CHARLES STIVENS, Theft > pocketpicking, 4th July 1836.

Reference Number: t18360704-1729
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory; Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation; Imprisonment > no_subcategory
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1729. WILLIAM KIDMAN and CHARLES STIVENS were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July, 1 handkerchief, value 6d. the goods of Jevon Harper, from his person.
JEVON HARPER . I live in White Lion-court, Cornhill. On the 5th of July I was walking down Aldersgate-street—I did not feel any thing, but the officer told me something, and I missed my handkerchief, which I had had a short time before—this is it.
JOSEPH HAWKRIGG . I am the inspector of Aldersgate-street ward. A little before nine o’clock that evening I saw the prosecutor in the street—I saw the prisoners go behind him—Stivens took his handkerchief from his pocket, and gave it to Kidman, who ran to Aldersgate-building—I ran and seized him—he dropped the handkerchief, and while I was getting that he ran away.
ROBERT TYRRELL . I am an officer. I was in company with Hawkrigg and saw both the prisoners following the prosecutor—I did not see the handkerchief taken, but Stivens ran over towards me—I took him, and brought him over to the prosecutor.
KIDMAN— GUILTY . † Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.
STIVENS— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined One Year.

William was born in London and at the time of his death he was listed as a Grazier in the Cooma area.

Convict Changes History

Shirley Gow on 22nd June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 27th December, 1855 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 22nd June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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