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Israel Levy

Israel Levy, one of 230 convicts transported on the Isabella, April 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Israel Levy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 3rd April, 1818
Arrival date: 14th September, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 232 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 16
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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Maureen Withey on 29th June, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 June 2020), September 1817, trial of ISRAEL LEVY (t18170917-71).
ISRAEL LEVY, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 17th September 1817.

1178. ISRAEL LEVY was indicted for feloniously assulting James Mackay , on the King’s highway, on the 11th of August , putting him in fear, and taking from his person and against his will, one jacket, value 3s.; one waistcoat, value 1s.; one handkerchief, value 4s.; one hat, value 1s.; and 2s. in monies numbered , his property.

JAMES MACKAY. I am a mariner , and live at Shadwell. On the th of August, about two o’clock in the morning I was going home; I was rather intoxicated,but knew what I was about. I was knocked down by two men, I could not see their faces; they took my jacket and waistcoat, handkerchief and stiffner, and hat off, and left me. I was stunned by the fall, and remained on the ground ten minutes. I was taken to the watch-house, and found the prisoner there, he had my waistcoat on. I described it to the watchman before I saw him; I told him there were four cards of address in it.

Cross-examined by MR.ADOLPHUS. I did not see their faces - He was wearing my waistcoat.

WILLIAM SUMMERS. I am headborough of St. George’s in the East. About a quarter before two o’clock the prisoner was brought into the watch-house. I searched him, and found he had a waistcoat on over his own, and a great coat on over them. I locked him up. The prosecutor was brought in also, who said he was knocked down by two men and robbed of his straw hat, blue jacket and waistcoat, a silk handkercheif, and a stiffener. When I brought the prisoner out, he immediately said the waistcoat which he had on was his; he described it to me before he saw it, and said there was a blue ribbon and several cards of address of different persons in the pocket, mentioning their names. We pulled it off, and found the cards he mentioned and the ribbon.

Cross-examined. The prosecutor was rather in liquor, but knew what he was about. The prisoner was put in a place by himself; he could not have made way with the waistcoat.

JOHN PETERSON. I am a watchman. I was going myrounds about ten minutes after two o’clock, and saw something lying on the ground; before I went up to it I stopped at the corner of Old Gravel-lane to have some coffee. I got more towards the end of the lane, and saw the prisoner and another man leave the thing and come towards me, but crossed on the other side from me. I let them pass, and found it was Mackay whom they came from. I had seen the prisoner about three times that night before Mackay was stripped; I asked him where his clothes were? In consequence of what he said, I went after the men; I missed them for about five minutes, and was told two men were gone towards St. George’s watch-house. I followed, and came up with the prisoner - the other man was on the other side of the way. The prisoner had the stiffener in his hand; I took him to the watch-house; he dropped it at the door - I picked it up. I then went and brought Mackay in; he described the waistcoat very particularly before he saw it; it was taken off the prisoner - He had two waistcoats on, his coat was open

Cross-examined. Q. When you first saw Mackay was he stripped - A. I was about twenty steps from him. I saw two men moving about him. I thought he was drunk. As soon as I began to call the hour they left him.

WILLIAM SUMMERS . When the prosecutor came in he was rubbing his eye-it was red the next day.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I got drunk and lost my way. I met a man, who said he was in distress, and I bought the waistcoat of him for 2s. I found the stiffener in the pocket; I told him of it, he told me to keep it. When the watchman came up he ran away.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 28.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney, 19 th October, 1854.
HIS Excellency the Governor General directs it to be notified that, in conformity with the provisions of the Act of Parliament 6 Vict., cap. 7, Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to authorise the issue of a Pardon to Israel Levy, per ” Isabella,” 1, on condition that, during the remainder of the term of his sentence, he does not return to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 
NSW Govt Gazette, 20 Oct 1854.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 29th June, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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