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William Wedgwood

William Wedgwood, one of 280 convicts transported on the Hougoumont, 10 October 1867

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Wedgwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1841
Occupation: Miner
Date of Death: 15th February, 1924
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Lancashire, Liverpool Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Hougoumont
Departure date: 10th October, 1867
Arrival date: 9th January, 1868
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 242
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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William Palmer on 27th November, 2015 wrote:

3rd. February 1866.
Serious Charge Of Unlawful Wounding.
On Monday a youth named Wedgwood who stands charged that on the 12th inst. did
unlawfully wound Abraham Simm who worked at Legh pit belonging to Messrs Evans and Co.
was brought before Mr. McCorquadale Esq. by Inspector Peters. It appears that the tow of
them at three o’clock on the afternoon of the day named were at work in a portion of the
workings at the top of the shunt brow and a quarrel took place between them in respect of a tub.
After some angry words the prisoner walked off about 200 yd and returned with a large
hammer which he dealt Simm a violent blow on the head, inflicting a dreadful wound and
rendering him insensible. He was picked up by a man named Travis who took him home where
he was attended to by Dr. Twyford. It was found that he had a severe fracture of the skull
through which a portion of his brain protruded. He lies in a very critical state. Wedgwood was
committed for charges at the next Liverpool Assizes with wounding with intent to kill and it is
probable that the charge will be a graver one. Application for bail was refused. Abraham Simm
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the man who was injured by the assault died on Thursday day evening and the charge against
Wedgwood will increase. The inquest will be held this morning. The coroner brought in verdict
of wilful murder and Wedgwood was bound over to attend the next Liverpool Assizes to answer
the charge. (WE.)

D Wong on 28th November, 2015 wrote:

William Wedgwood was 26 years old when transported to WA.  He was the son of Aaron and his mother was Mary Cooper (on the Fremantle Prison database his mother is listed as Mary Leyland of George & Dragon near St Helens, Lancashire).

William was 5’ 4 1/4” tall, black hair, hazel eyes, sallow complexion, stout build, small moles on right cheek, throat, back of left shoulder blade. He was single, literate and protestant.

18/4/1873: TOL
21/6/1881: COF, York.

16/12/1874: Married Anna Maria Rickey in York, Western Australia.  They had 9 children.
Anna Maria Rickey died 1/11/1937 and was buried at the York Cemetery.

William was a contractor and worked for himself in 1873, 1874-1876.

15/2/1924: William died at York , Western Australia.

Convict Changes History

William Palmer on 27th November, 2015 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

D Wong on 28th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1841 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th February, 1924 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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