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William Perry

William Perry, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Perry
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 2nd February, 1802
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 3rd January, 1872
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 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: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 329 (166)
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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Yvonne Tyler on 24th August, 2013 wrote:

Married: Dianah HAGUE 5/12/1825
      Dianah’s parents James Hague & Ann Germaine

D Wong on 24th August, 2013 wrote:

William Perry was 15 years old when convicted along with Lydia Padget 17, for stealing a shawl value £1, from Jame Preston, in the King’s Highway, and assaulting her.  Both were sentenced to death.  Lydia Padget doesn’t appear to have come out as a convict.

2/10/1824: Re permission to marry at Windsor.
4,17/11/1825: Re permission to marry at Windsor.

5/12/1825: married Dinah Howell, using the name Hannah Howell, she also had alias’s of Germain, Eager, Egg, Howell, Howel.
They had 5 children.

1822: Worked on the gaol gang at Windsor.
1825-1828: Worked for R. Fitzgerald, at Windsor.

1833: TOL
28/10/1840: CP.

William was 5’4 tall, dark ruddy complexion, black hair and brown eyes.

Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), October 1816, trial of LYDIA PAGET WILLIAM PERRY (t18161030-11).
LYDIA PAGET, WILLIAM PERRY, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 30th October 1816.
1108. LYDIA PAGET and WILLIAM PERRY were indicted for feloniously assaulting Jane Preston , in the King’s highway, on the 4th of October , for putting her in fear, and taking from her person and against her will, a shawl, value 1l. her property .

JANE PRESTON . On the evening in question, I had been to Covent Garden Theatre; I was returning in company with Mrs. Hill. In the narrow part of Rathbone-place , I was suddenly without any provocation knocked down by the prisoner Paget, with her fist; she struck me on the face; while I was on the ground, I was severely kicked and bruised; I was stunned by the blow I received on my face; she took the shawl from my shoulders as I lay; I had it round my shoulders very close, and she pulled it to get it away; she did get it away at last. I was raised from the ground by the witness Mrs. Hill, with the assistance of Jonas Parr .

ANN HILL . I was with Miss Preston, on this night coming from the Play with her. We were returning by Rathbone-place, and met three females; the prisoner was the inside one; the prisoner came suddenly and shoved Miss Preston down, and knocked her down; she had no instrument in her hand; it was with her fist. She then seized her shawl, and with the force of pulling it from her shoulder, she fell back herself. When she got up she went a little distance, and gave it to another person; I don’t know who that person was; she was in my sight. I called the watch; the watchman was nearly at my elbow sooner than I expected, and when the prisoner came back, she used abusive language, and asked did I think she had got the property. The watchman came up, and he took her. I saw a young man of the name of Parr; be crossed the road of Rathboneplace; he came to my assistance. I know nothing of the lad that is there.

JONAS PARR . I am not acquainted with Paget; I am not acquainted with the boy Perry either. I remember being on the 4th of October in Rathboneplace; I remember Miss Preston calling out for the watch; I think she did, but I am not certain; I heard some noise and out-cry. I saw Paget attempt to take the shawl from: Miss Preston. I saw the begining of it; I was on the opposite side of the way. I saw Lydia Paget strike her on the face, which knocked her down, and as I afterwards discovered. gave her a black eye. They both fell, and I picked the lady up. When Paget was up. I told her to go away, and she said as how she would not, for she would have her b-y life. She took the shawl, and went to the corner, and gave it to William Perry . She went about four doors down; he put it into his bosom, and went across the road, across Soho-square. I saw Perry at the time Paget gave this blow and knocked Miss Preston down; he was then standing still; there were other women in the concern beside Paget; there were two other women; they did not appear to take any part in the assault; they stood until the shawl was taken; they went away directly. I don’t know either of them. I was in a public-house at first having a drop of beer to myself; I work at labouring work. whatever I can get to do. I did not know the ladies before.

Paget’s Defence. I was very much in liquor; I had been drinking with Jonas Parr , and he gave me the shawl, and shoved the lady down, and took her shawl off her neck, and gave it to the other lad Perry, who ran away with it.

Miss Hill. Re-examined. The boy Parr crossed the road from the other side to assist us.

-. I am the constable of the night. When Parr gave us information of Perry, we kept him all night, and we went in search of Perry the next morning, and found he had been taken for a misdemeanor the same morning. Parr swore to him.

PAGET, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 17.


First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.


Convict Changes History

Yvonne Tyler on 24th August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 2nd February, 1802, date of death 3rd January, 1872, gender, occupation

D Wong on 24th August, 2013 made the following changes:


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