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William Pearce

William Pearce, one of 160 convicts transported on the Thames, 27 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Pearce
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Thames
Departure date: 27th July, 1829
Arrival date: 21st November, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 131 (68)
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 25th January, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 January 2020), January 1829, trial of WILLIAM PEARCE (t18290115-85).
WILLIAM PEARCE, Theft > simple larceny, 15th January 1829.

351. WILLIAM PEARCE was indicted for stealing on the 18th of December , 1 stove-grate, value 10s. , the goods of Robert Rayner .

THOMAS RAYNER . I am the son of Robert Rayner , an ironmonger , of Crawford-street . On the 18th of December a little boy came and told me a stove-grate was taken; I had seen it five minutes before - I went out and saw the prisoner with it on the other side of the way; he was quite a stranger: I went to him - he put it down, and ran away; I kept him in sight, and called Stop thief! he was stopped in York-street - I am certain he is the person.

PHILIP WEBSTER . I am an officer. I was in York-street, and heard the cry of Stop thief! I looked towards the sound, and met the prisoner - I took him.

Prisoner. Q. Did you ever see me before? A. Yes, I have.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was walking up Crawford-street, at half-past six o’clock, or a quarter before seven - this stove stood off the edge of the pavement; I stood by it for about five minutes - I was distressed, and took it across the road; they cried Stop thief! and I sat it down; I have had neither father nor mother since I was nine years old.

THOMAS RAYNER re-examined. The stove stood inside a railing; it was four feet six inches from the place he took it - a person must have got over the railing, or hooked it towards him; it was about half-past six o’clock.

GUILTY. Aged 21. Transported for Seven Years .

National Archives. Reference: ADM 101/71/3 . Medical and surgical journal of His Majesty’s convict ship Thames for 17 June to 23 November 1829 by Thomas Bell, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed on a voyage to Van Dieman’s Land.

Folios 15-16: William Pierce, aged 23, convict; case number 9; disease or hurt, dysentary. Previously had been three months in the hospital hulk at Portsmouth before embarkation. Put on sick list, 27 October 1829 at sea. Discharged 28 November 1829 at Hobart Town.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 25th January, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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