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William Price Wall

William Price Wall, one of 171 convicts transported on the Ocean, 22 April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Price Wall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1890
Age: 86 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 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: Ocean
Departure date: 22nd April, 1823
Arrival date: 27th August, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 40
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 18th November, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on two seperate occasions, both for pocketpicking, the first time on 17th April 1822 for stealing a handkerchief for which he was imprisoned for 3 months and whipped, the second time on 4th December 1822, again for stealing a handkerchief, this time he was sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 24th April 1823.
Ship:- the ‘Ocean II’ sailed with 173 male convicts on board of which 8 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 27th August 1823.

Between 1827 and 1832 he was working in various road gangs assigned to build the Great North Road. Constructed to connect Sydney with Newcastle and the Upper Hunter Valley, the Great North is regarded as one of Australia’s great nineteenth century civil engineering achievements. Many of the convicts who worked on the Great North Road were hardened repeat offenders who worked in leg irons in the “iron gangs”. William was not one of this group ‘96 he is recorded as a member of both a “road party” and a “bridge party” during his time working on the road. These teams of convict labourers were not constrained by leg irons.
By 1832 William had been a convict for nine years and toiling away on the Great North Road for five of those years. It would have been a harsh and punishing existence working on that road day after day through all the seasons. Presumably in March of that year he decided he’d had enough: the New South Wales Government Gazette recorded that William had been apprehended after absconding from the Number 23 Road Gang. It’s not clear what punishment he received for this transgression, but it can’t have been viewed too harshly since he received his Ticket of Leave just a few months later, on 9 October 1832, which allowed him to reside in the Liverpool area. Just a month later it was amended to allow him to live in Parramatta.

On 29 November 1832, William made an application in the Liverpool district to marry Elizabeth Buckley, daughter of convicts James Buckley & Mary Hitchen, which was subsequently approved. They married on 29th January 1833 at St Luke’s Church of England in Liverpool. The witnesses were Sarah Buckley, the bride’s sister, who made her mark (as she was illiterate) and Sarah’s future husband, Thomas Pike, both of Liverpool. It is interesting to note that William and Elizabeth had already welcomed their first child into the world, Maria Louisa Wall. She had been born on 4 October 1832 in Parramatta, just before William received his Ticket of Leave. Elizabeth was just sixteen years old when Maria was born. Her birth, occurring some seven months after the absconding convict William had been apprehended, suggests that she might have been conceived when William was on the run. Sadly, Maria was to die just a couple of weeks after the wedding, on 13 February 1833 in Parramatta.

William and Elizabeth had a total of 16 children between 1832-1861.

according to William’s death certificate they came to Victoria in about 1852 which co-incides with the gold rushes there, and fits with the births of their children. Prior to this they had travelled to California where a gold rush was on and their 2 year old son, also named William Price Wall, died in San Francisco, in 1850, it was there that in 1851 Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Sarah Jane in 1851. They returned home soon after.

William died in 1890 at Bendigo, Victoria age 86.
Elizabeth died in 1901 at Bendigo, Victoria age 85.

Old Bailey 1st Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18220417-82

616. WILLIAM PRICE WALL was indicted for stealing on the 3d of April , one handkerchief, value 2 s., the goods of Stephen Curtis , from his person .
STEPHEN CURTIS . I am a leather-cutter , and live in Fore-street, Cripplegate. On the 3d of April I was in Redcross-street , and felt something at my pocket; I missed my handkerchief, and upon turning round saw the prisoner and another lad close behind, and the handkerchief at his heels; he must have dropped it, it could have fallen from no other person; it was rather exposed - he appeared distressed.
JAMES TUCKER . I was coming along between nine and ten o’clock in the morning, and saw Curtis seize the prisoner, and saw the prisoner drop the handkerchief.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. - I throw myself on your mercy.
GUILTY . Aged 19.
Recommended to Mercy.
Confined Three Months , and Whipped .
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Old Bailey 2nd Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18221204-17

17. WILLIAM PRICE WALL was indicted for stealing, on 25th of October , one handkerchief, value 1 s., the goods of John Greensill , from his person .
JOHN GREENSILL . I am a clerk in the Ordnance Office, and live at Islington. On the 25th of October, between one and two o’clock, I was in Ball-alley , walking towards the Bank. I had a silk handkerchief in my pocket - I felt a twitch at it, and upon turning round saw the prisoner putting something into his pocket. Nobody but him was near enough to take my handkerchief; I felt and missed it - he ran past me into George-yard, and turned into Lombard-street. I kept calling Stop thief! he was stopped. I merely lost sight of him while turning the corner. I am certain he is the man. The handkerchief was produced - he appeared alone.
WILLIAM HENDERSON . I am shopman to Mr. Carter of Lombard-street. As I came to George-yard, the prisoner rushed by me, and crossed to go up Three King-court, running in a direction from the cry. I pursued, and he was stopped a few yards up the court. I found the handkerchief in his hand, which I gave to the constable with him. He said he had picked nobody’s pocket, before any questions were put to him.
JOHN WATSON . I heard the cry of Stop thief, and saw the prisoner running up Three King-court. I was in the court, and stopped till he came up - he said,
“Don’t stop me;” I seized him, and saw the handkerchief in his hand. Henderson took it from him.
HENRY TAYLOR . I took the prisoner in charge with the handkerchief.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner. I throw myself on your mercy.
GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Life .

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 18th November, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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