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William Riddle

William Riddle, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guildford, 22 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Riddle
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Shepherd
Date of Death: 23rd March, 1829
Age: 36 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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Northumberland Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 22nd March, 1827
Arrival date: 25th July, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 192 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 117 (60)
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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Community Contributions

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Guildford - 1827
Name; William Riddle, Ag179e 34.
No; 117
Read or write. Married - 3 children
Trade; Shepherd
Offence; Sheep stealing
Trial; Newcastle - 27 July 1826. Life
Height; 5 ft. 9 1/2
Complexion; Dark Ruddy
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Grey
Assigned; Col Dumar Esq.
Additional Remarks; EXECUTED; on the 23rd March 1829 for the murder of John Heley per L G Webster

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd December, 2020 wrote:

William Riddell - 23 March 1829 - Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Heley in the Muswellbrook district. Riddell apparently desired Heley’s wife; Heley was found dismembered in a stump hole. Riddell was an atheist, republican, radical, autodidact.[38] He ran up the steps to the gallows, took snuff and said “I prefer death to living in chains and fetters in such a country as this”.[39]

[38] “Supreme Criminal Court”. The Sydney Gazette & New South Wales Advertiser. 26 March 1829.
[39]  “Execution”. The Australian. 21 March 1829.


Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd March, 1829 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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