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Aaron Liddiard

Aaron Liddiard, one of 220 convicts transported on the George the Third, 12 December 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Aaron Liddiard
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 12th March, 1835
Age: 25 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Poaching
Convicted at: Berks. Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: George the Third
Departure date: 12th December, 1834
Arrival date: 12th March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 487 (245)
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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greg petersen on 31st January, 2017 wrote:

Extract of Home Office transportation registers (The National Archives microfilm HO11)
Aaron Liddiard; Berkshire Assizes; 25-2-1834; Seven years; Drowned
As reported in “The Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette” - Thursday 6 March 1834.
Berkshire Assizes, “Aaron Liddiard and Thomas Liddiard were charged with being armed in the preserves of John Pearse esq. the bank director, with intent to kill game. Mr Carrington conducted the prosecution, Mr. Ferard the defence.

  It appeared that about 11 o’clock on the night of the 28th of November, the gamekeeper Mr. Pearse and two of his assistants, on hearing the report of guns, entered the preserve called Denhills Coppice at Chilton Foliat, and there found the two prisoners and another person armed with guns, and three other persons armed with bludgeons. These six persons drew up in two lines, the men with guns being in front, and they, pointing their guns at the gamekeeper and hios assistants, threatened to shoot them if they dared to advance; the prisoner Thomas Liddiard adding “if you care for your wives or your families, go home, for if you come up to us we will blow your heads off.” This prudent advice was taken, and the parties separated.”

As the prisoner Aaron Liddiard was identified by only by one witness, Mr. Ferard submitted that he ought to be acquitted, as there was but slight evidence against him, and that this being an offence entirely created by statute, unlike larceny, which is an offence at common law, the jury ought to require the strongest evidence to be adduced.

Mr Patteson: Since game has been made saleable, I do not see why it is not just as much as an offence to go into a man’s preserve in the night and take his game, as it is to go into his poultry yard and steal his fowls. The one is saleable property as much as the other.

The jury found both guilty and they were sentenced to be transported for seven years.

A convict eyewitness related to George Loveless (another convict & Tolpuddle Martyr) that when the ship struck, the prisoners were all locked below immediately. “the bottom of the ship was fast filling with water; they called aloud to have the hatches opened, but to no purpose; and when they were up to their middles in water, they rushed forward and burst open the hatches and endeavoured to ascend the ladder; the soldiers, however, at the top fired on them and killed many; others had their throats cut with cutlasses. The man who was going up by my side, was shot, but I escaped….only eighty-one of the whole shipload was taken on shore alive, and a great number of them were so emaciated and crippled, that they were obliged to carry them to hospital.”

Barry on 22nd October, 2019 wrote:

Son of Daniel Liddiard and Mary Liddiard ( nee Page) of Ramsbury , Wiltshire , England

D Wong on 23rd October, 2019 wrote:

Aaron and his brother Thomas were both drowned in the sinking of the ship.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 31st January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Barry on 22nd October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 23rd October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 12th March, 1835 (prev. 1835)

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