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Richard King

Richard King, one of 280 convicts transported on the Hougoumont, 10 October 1867

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard King
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1831
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1909
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Hougoumont
Departure date: 10th October, 1867
Arrival date: 9th January, 1868
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 233 (119)
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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Nicola on 3rd December, 2011 wrote:

Richard King was my gt gt grandfather. He was christened at St Mary the Virgin, Stanwell, Surrey on 25th December 1831. He was convicted of two crimes before the one that led to his transportation. Here is a newspaper report of the one that led to the transportation. Isabella had two children by Richard King, one of which was my gt grandfather.

Bucks Herald Saturday 16 March 1867 page 6 of 8

Crown Court Saturday before Mr Baron Martin

Burglary at Little Horwood

Richard King, 35, labourer, and Isabella Slatter, 23, spinster, were charged with burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas Quainton, at Little Horwood, on the night of the 29th August, 1866, and stealing 1 silver tablespoon, 1 pair of silver sugar tongs, 1 silver teacaddy spoon, 3 silver teaspoons, and other articles, value together 25s., and £1 2s. in money, the property of the said Thomas Quainton; also with burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Wake, at Little Horwood, on the night of the 29th August, 1866, and stealing 8 yards of calico, several other pieces of calico, 1 shawl, 1 handkerchief, and 1 hearth-rug, value 40s., the property of the said Thomas Wake. The charge against the female prisoner was withdrawn by Mr. Drake, the prosecuting counsel.

King pleaded guilty; he also pleaded to a previous conviction.

His Lordship said he had not the least doubt that the prisoner was a regular professional burglar, and came down into this county for the express purpose of breaking into any houses he could, sending his spoil to London to the unfortunate woman who had just been acquitted. He need not say that those who committed such crimes must expect, and indeed did expect, to be severely punished. The sentence upon him was that he be kept in penal servitude for 15 years.

Nicola on 3rd February, 2013 wrote:

Richard King absconded while on a working party from the Bunbury area in December 1869, he was recaptured in March 1871, placed in irons and given another 3 years’ sentence.

He was a groom for the Resident Magistrate in York from June 1874.
He got TOL in March 1875.
He was given his Certificate of Freedom in May 1886.
In December 1887 he was found to have stolen some kegs of gunpowder and was given a further 2 year sentence.
Discharged November 1889.
Richard died 9 June 1909, in Perth Hospital. His occupation was given as ‘bootblack’.

Convict Changes History

Nicola on 3rd December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1831-00-00, gender m

Nicola on 3rd February, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 1909

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