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Richard Partridge

Richard Partridge, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Partridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1759
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1831
Age: 72 years

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 7 years

Crime: Theft of linen
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 326 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 4
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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Phil Hands on 25th May, 2013 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 30th April 1783, for feloniously stealing on the 19th March 1783, one linen shift, value 3s. one linen apron, value 3s. one pair of cotton stockings, value 6d. one pair of linen cover sluts, value 6d. the goods of Ann Camp the younger. sentenced to transportation for 7 years.

On 16/8/1783 he embarked on the “Swift” to America. The convicts mutinied and ran ashore near Sussex. Richard was captured and retried at the Old Bailey. Sentenced to death – reprieved – sentenced to transportation to Australia
Left England on
Ship:- the ‘Scarborough’ sailed with
Arrived on 26th January 1788.

On 30/9/1794 Richard was pardoned. He was made a Watchman in 1795, a Constable in 1796 and was granted 60 Acres at Northern Boundary Farms

Old Bailey Trial Transcript.
Reference Number: t17830430-27
274. RICHARD PARTRIDGE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of March last, one linen shift, value 3 s. one linen apron, value 3 s. one pair of cotton stockings, value 6 d. one pair of linen cover sluts, value 6 d. the goods of Ann Camp the younger.
ANN CAMP sworn.
I live with my mother in Whitechapel-road , I was ill of the fever about 7 weeks ago, my mother had washed me a few things, on the 19th of March, and left them out in the garden, till about five in the evening, she went out to get a bit of supper, and I heard our bitch making a terrible noise in the garden, and I knew she would not bellow at any body but strangers; I was in bed, and our bed lies right under the widow, and when I heard the noise, I crawled up as well as I could, and looked through the window, and saw the prisoner tear down the line, and take my things away with him.
Did you know him before? - No, Sir, I saw him again that day three weeks, then I took him.
Court. I want to know whether you saw the things, or whether your mother told you that there were such things? - I am upon my oath, I saw him myself, there was an old cloth upon the line, he knocked that down, and I suppose did not think that worth taking; I was so weak, I could not get out to cry Stop thief! before he was gone; he broke three pales and got out.
Jury. How long time did you see him, at that time? - Not much above two minutes.
When did you see him again? - I was going out of my door that day three weeks, and saw this man at the very same pales, where he got over before, there is an alley close to the pales, I said nothing to him then, for there were a parcel of men playing at skittles; and he run away as fast as he could after he saw me.
Court. How came he to run from you, he had not seen you before when he took the things? - I cannot tell, Sir, but before I spoke to him, he ran away.
Were ever any of your things found? - No, the prisoner denied the fact, I asked him what he ran away for, he made me no answer.
This witness said before the Justice, she had been light headed for two or three days, she said, she could not be positive that I was the person, then afterwards she said, I can swear to him; then said the Justice, I must commit him; then says she, you must not commit him.
Court. How came you to run away, when you saw this young woman? - I did not run away from her; there is a common necessary down there, and I went down there: I have not a friend in the world.
Transportation for seven years .
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Denis Pember on 14th November, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Richard married Mary Greenwood (First Fleet Convict, Lady Penryhn, 1788).
Richard Partridge of the parish of Parramatta and Mary Greenwood of ditto were married in this church by banns this fifth day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and ten by me Samuel Marsden.
Both Richard and Mary made their X marks in the register in the presence of Elizabeth Cork who made her X mark and John Martin who signed the register.
The couple had been in a relationship for some time before this date.
I have traced two children from this union, Richard, born 1793 and Mary Ann, born 1797.

Denis Pember on 14th November, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref P0264] Partridge, Richard, 69, AP, Scarborough, 1788, Life, Carter at Parramatta.
[Ref P0265] Partridge, Mary, 66, FS, Lady Penrhyn, 1788, 7 years.
Richard (jnr) is living nearby [Ref P0266] and Mary Ann is a widow [Ref B1792] also living nearby.
Of Interest, Mary Ann married George Bowerman (Convict, Indian, 1810). They had two little children when he was executed for highway robbery Dec 22 1820. He was subsequently proved innocent of the crime and Mary Ann received long term support from the Government because of this terrible decision.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 25th May, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth 1759, date of death 1831, gender, crime

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