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John Sharwood

John Sharwood, one of 190 convicts transported on the Phoenix, 04 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Sharwood
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1884
Age: 74 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: 4th March, 1828
Arrival date: 14th July, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 324
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 5th August, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 6th December 1827 for pocketpicking, sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 7th March 1828.
Ship:- the ‘Phoenix I’ sailed with 190 male convicts on board, there were no reported deaths during the voyage.
Arrived on 14th July 1828.

On arrival he was assigned to Mrs. Reynolds a shopkeeper in George Street, Sydney.
Later in 1837 he was with MacArthur at Goulburn, when he had received his ticket of leave, he was granted his conditional pardon on 31st October 1843, he moved into the Crookwell NSW area and was granted a publicans licence of the ‘The Travellers Rest and Crossing Place’ at Abercrombie.

John married widow Catherine Francis (nee Berrell) in 1854, they had 3 children, Catherine had arrived with her mother and 3 sibblings on 9th March 1833 on the ‘Surrey II’, a convict transport ship carrying 142 females, her father had been transported in 1828 on the ‘Mangles’
Unfortunately Catherine died in 1859 at The Crossing Place.
John re-married in 1861, to Charlotte Louisa Booth (daughter of free settler Stephen Booth & his wife Henrietta), and they produced another 9 children.

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18271206-139

140. MICHAEL ANDERSON and JOHN SHARWOOD were indicted for stealing, on the 11th of November, 1 handkerchief, value 2d.; 2 half-crowns, 2 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the property of Elizabeth Reading, from her person .
ELIZABETH READING. I am the daughter of William Reading , a carpenter, of Princes-street. On the 11th of November, I was at the corner of Tower-street, Earl-street, Seven-dials , about a quarter past nine o’clock in the evening, carrying a bundle, containing the two half-crowns, 2s., and a sixpence - I was bringing it from my grandmother to my father - the gas-lamps were lighted; when I came to Compton-street, the two prisoners followed me on to the corner of Tower-street; I crossed the road two or three times to avoid them, and, at the corner of Tower-street, Anderson snatched the handkerchief from my hand - they were both in company, and both close to me; he handed it round to Sharwood, who ran away; I caught hold of the tail of Anderson’s coat; a gentleman came up, and took him to the watch-house; I knew both the prisoners before by sight; - Sharwood was taken next morning; a third boy also followed me, whom I had never seen before; I have never got my money.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What time was this? A. About a quarter-past nine o’clock - I had not been drinking - I never spoke to either of the prisoners before; the gentleman gave his name, but did not come next morning; I am certain I had been drinking with no girls; I live with my parents - I know Rebecca Howe and Elizabeth Hornsby by sight; I spent no money in liquor that night; I am not quite seventeen years old.
WILLIAM READING . I am this girl’s father - she had not been drinking, I am certain; she described the party to me, and as I was going with her to Marlborough-street, she pointed out Sharwood in Broad-street, Carnaby-market - he saw her point him out, and ran away; he was pursued and taken.
Cross-examined. Q. Had she been out that evening? A. Yes, to her grandmother’s.
EDMUND PEPPER . I am goaler of Marlborough-street. I was near Carnaby-market, saw Sharwood running from the alarm, and took him.
ANDERSON’s Defence. I was taking a walk, and this girl said I had robbed her; nothing was found on me.
SHARWOOD’s Defence. I was running to my work, and was taken.
Transported for Life .

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 5th August, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1884 (prev. 0000), crime

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