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Stafford Lett

Stafford Lett, one of 298 convicts transported on the Hilsborough [Hillsborough], October 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stafford Lett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th July, 1779
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 24th November, 1817
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple grand larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hilsborough
Departure date: October, 1798
Arrival date: 26th July, 1799
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 247 (124)
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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D Wong on 16th July, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey:
STAFFORD LETT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of June, a great coat, value 20s. the property of John Goldham.

JOHN GOLDHAM sworn. - The prisoner, with seven or eight others, came into my shop, I keep wine-vaults , No. 7, Fore-street : About nine o’clock in the evening, on Friday the 16th of June, they asked for some liquor; while I was serving them, one of them went into my accompting-house, and took my great coat off the hook, which I do not know, the prisoner was the only man that went out of the shop; when he went out, I suspected my coat was gone, and I went to look, and it was gone, all the rest remained in; I followed him out, and he began to set off directly, I pursued him, and he threw the great coat down, I called out, stop thief, and he was taken; I lost sight of him after he threw down the great coat; he was taken, I suppose, two hundred yards from where the coat was thrown away, down another street.

JOHN SHRUBSHAW sworn. - I am a book-binder; I heard the cry of stop thief; I went out and stopped him, and took him back to Mr. Goldham,(produces the coat); I received this from Mr. Goldham, when I took the prisoner to his house.
Goldham. This is my great coat that the prisoner threw away.

Prisoner’s defence. I had just left work, and stopped to have a glass of anniseed; I had pulled off my trowsers with my money in them; I said, I could not have the anniseed then, I would go back and get the money out of my trowsers, and when I came back again, I heard a cry of stop thief, and they laid hold of me; I never saw the coat.
Jury. Q. How many people were there when you stopped him? - A. There might be sixty or seventy.
The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY (Aged 16.)
Transported for seven years .

Worked as a carpenter after his arrival.

29/3/1807: Married Sophia Brundell (Coromandel and Experiment 1803) – 5 or 6 children.

Stafford Lett built the low, plain, whitewashed Punchbowl hotel and held a Publican’s License from 1813-01817.

October 1817: shortly before his death, he paid 50 pounds plus land and premises at 60 Cambridge Street, Sydney to purchase a dwelling house and premises at 66 Cambridge Street, Sydney for his wife, Sophia.

24/11/1817: Stafford died in Sydney, and was buried at the Old Sydney Burial Ground.
Burial LETT STAFFORD AGE 38 1817 Nov 25

29/11/1817: Sydney Gazette:
DIED—Early on Monday morning, at his house in Cambridge-street, after an illness of seven months, which he bore with religious fortitude, Mr. Stafford Lett, he had been upwards of 17 years a resident in the Colony, and had gained the esteem of all who had been acquainted with him; he has left a wife and three small children to lament his death.

Convict Changes History

Michael Leete on 16th July, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 26th July, 1779 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th November, 1817 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 16th July, 2015 made the following changes:


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