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Charlotte Walker

Charlotte Walker, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charlotte Walker
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1754
Occupation: Prostitute
Date of Death: 1806
Age: 52 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 293 (146)
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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Anonymous on 25th March, 2012 wrote:

Charlotte Walker was a prostitute and pickpocket who had a long and eventful career in the St Giles area of London.1 Over a twenty-four year period, Charlotte appeared twelve times to answer charges at the Old Bailey, mainly simple grand larceny or pickpocketing, and yet she was convicted only once. An additional fifteen arrests for felony were noted in the sessions books, three of which were reported in The Times. She was also arrested for assault and for being disorderly on a number of occasions, and once for being a vagrant.

According to the Criminal Register of the Felons in Newgate for 1800,2 compiled by Edward Raven, a clerk in the Home Department, Charlotte Walker came from Liverpool, was 46 years old, 4’11" tall, possessed a fair complexion and light hair, and had lived lately in the parish of St Clement Danes. She was certainly living in London by February 1776 when she was accused of assault,3 but her first Old Bailey court appearance, for theft, did not occur until 3 December 1777 when she was about 23 years old. This was the first of eleven acquittals.

She had been careless in taking a watch from a conscious victim, and maybe the jury found the idea of anyone wanting to go home with an elderly prostitute implausible. However the changing patterns of criminal record keeping also played a role. Under "Remarks" in the Criminal Register for February 1798 she is described as "a very old offender" who "has been tried several times". Her past had caught up with her, and this time there was no escape.

Charlotte’s death sentence was commuted to transportation for life. She boarded the ship, the Nile, which set sail in June 1801 for New South Wales, arriving in Sydney on 14 December 1801. She died there in November 1806.4 But Charlotte’s intriguing life had one final twist. According to the Sydney Gazette, she died "of an apoplexy", and "in consequence of unpleasant rumours being circulated relative to the circumstances of her death, her husband was apprehended and kept in custody, until yesterday liberated by the verdict of a coroner’s inquest".

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 25th March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1754-00-00, date of death 1806-00-00, gender f

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