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David Sievwright

David Sievwright, one of 224 convicts transported on the Strathfieldsay, 22 July 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Sievwright
Aliases: Wakefield, Christopher (alias), Sievright
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Confectioner
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Strathfieldsay
Departure date: 22nd July, 1831
Arrival date: 15th November, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 223 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 169
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

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 wrote:

David SIEVWRIGHT (alias Christopher WAKEFIELD) was convicted at Perth, Scotland on 13 April 1831 for housebreaking. Gaol report: “convicted before, old habits, bad connections”.  Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Strathfieldsay” arriving 15 Nov 1831.

Single man; stated his proper name was “Sievwright”; age 22 yrs; a cook & confectioner; 5’1 1/4” height; sallow complexion; dark hair; dk brown eyes.

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work service
1833: Wilfully destroy a fellow servant’s shoes by putting them in an oven. 25 lashes and be sent to work on a road making party.
1835: at New Norfolk
1836: at Norfolk Plains (Longford district)
6 Jan 1840: Ticket of Leave granted.
19 Oct 1840: Embezzlement. 12 mths hard labour, in chains.
1846: at Longford, VDL.
5 Oct 1847: Conditional Pardon approved

30 Sept 1844 - David SIEVWRIGHT (per Strathfieldsay) to Mary SEARSTON/SEARSTONE (per Navarino). Approved.

25 Dec 1844 - David SIEVEWRIGHT, aged 33 yrs, bachelor, Ticket of Leave status to Mary SEARSTONE, aged 27 yrs, spinster, Ticket of Leave status at Parish Church, United Church of England & Ireland, Launceston, VDL. (ref. 37/1/3 no. 872. note slight change of spelling of names)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Wakefield, Christopher (alias) (prev. Wakefield, Christopher (Alias)), alias2: Sievright, gender: m, crime

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), occupation

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