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William Perry

William Perry, one of 174 convicts transported on the Fanny, 25 August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Perry
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fanny
Departure date: 25th August, 1815
Arrival date: 18th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 226
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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Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 wrote:

William Perry was found guilty at the Old Bailey on 30th November 1814 of stealing a box coat from Thomas Jarvis, Esq. He had a co-accused, Henry Weston aged 28 also found guilty.

They had stolen it off the box of a carriage of Thomas Jarvis’ where the coachman had left it. They were seen by a costable selling it to a “jew” in Compton St, and knwing the two men he apporached thema nd asked what they were doing, and took them into custody. They claimed the Jew was trying to sell the coat to them.

Both were transported for seven years, arriving on “Fanny” in January 1816.

William Perry had been before the Old bailey also at the start of 1814 in company with two women co-accused all charged with stealing ribbon out of a shop in Holborn.  One of the women, Mary Fortley, or Fercley, was his sister.

On that occasion they all were found not guilty.  The two women had tried the old stealing trick of having the goods laid on the counter and attempting to conceal goods in an article of their clothing ( a bonnet). William had concealed himself in the passage of a nearby shop, signalled to the girls and they all went along together. They had been noticed by a constable who “knowing them I suspected them”

Morning Post London, Wed 5th January 1814 p 3:
SHOPLIFTING - Mary Smith, Mary Fortley alias Perry, and Wm Perry, were apprehended by Jonson the officer, charged with robbing Mrs Lee, a Milliner and Haberdasher of Holborn, of a piece of fashionable ribbon consisting of 35 yards.  The Prisoners were committed for trial.

Mary Fortley alias Perry is probably then the same person aged 19 years tried on 26th October, 1814 in company with Mary Mascall and Mary Watson for stealing ribbon again. This time she was found guilty and was transported for 7 year on the “Northampton” arriving June 1815, ahead of her brother.

Personal Details (Ship iNdent - Age 22 (Born 1794), Born London
5ft 4&1/2 inches tall. Brown Hair, grey eyes.
Tried 3 nov 1814, 7 years transportation.
Arrived “Fanny” in 1816.

Maureen Withey on 28th December, 2019 wrote:

List of names of 61 convicts arrived per ship Fanny, and embarked on His Majesty’s Colonial Brig Emu to the Derwent (VDL) January 25th 1816.

William Perry, tried Middx. G.D.  30 Nov 1814, 7 years, lab.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 25th October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Maureen Withey on 28th December, 2019 made the following changes:


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