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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, one of 89 convicts transported on the Earl of Liverpool, December 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Wilson
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 11th September, 1889
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl of Liverpool
Departure date: December, 1830
Arrival date: 5th April, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 112 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 534
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

Ruth Lewis on 24th January, 2016 wrote:

Married William Brett 23/2/1835 East Maitland. He came Marquis of Huntley 1826.
Issue of William and Sarah Brett
John 1835-1896
Sarah 1837-1838
Caroline Sarah 1840-1902
Mary Ann 1842-1842
William James 1843-1875
Chsrles 1846-1846
Amelia 1847-1927
Thomas 1849-1924
Susanna Tamar 1853- 1868
William and Sarah were married 53 years.

Denis Pember on 24th January, 2016 wrote:

First Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Justice Park.

674. SARAH WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of March , at St. Anne, Westminster, 1 box, value 2d., and 15 sovereigns, the property of Simon Hobley , in his dwelling-house .

CHARLOTTE CUSDEN . I am housekeeper to Mr. Simon Hobley, a brush-maker , who lives at No. 40, Lisle-street, Leicester-square - he keeps the shop; he rents the bottom part of the house, and sleeps there; Mr. Dushay, who keeps the Prince of Wales next door, is the landlord - there is no internal communication from his house to Mr. Hobley’s; our part of the house does not communicate with the upper part;the communication is stopped up with boards at the top of the staircase - the hotel runs over our part of the house, but does not communicate with it at all. The prisoner was in Mr. Hobley’s service for one month, and left on the 26th of March, about half-past nine o’clock in the morning, when I sent her out with some things to be mangled, and she did not return - Mr. Hobley was then out; finding she did not return, we missed a box, containing fifteen sovereigns, from between two mattresses under the bed - I had put it there; it was not always there, but the desk was very old, and rather unsafe - Mr. Hobley gave it to me to take care of, and I put it there two or three days before; the prisoner often made the bed - she could not hear the money rattle, because it was wrapped in a piece of paper; she made the bed after I put the box there - I gave notice to the Police next day, and she was taken on the 31st of March; I saw her that day in the watch-house in the Waterloo-road - I did not promise her favour, nor threaten her with punishment; she told me she took the money and spent it, and that a young woman, a companion of her’s, had thrown the box away.

BENJAMIN BATES . I am an inspector of the Police-division, No. 3. Cusden gave me information on the 27th of March; I found the prisoner at the watch-house on the night of the 31st, and asked what she had done with the money she had taken from Mr. Hobley; she said it was all gone - that she took it from between the bed and mattress, and spent it all in different articles of wearing apparel; I found 5s. 8d. on her.

EDWARD TYRRELL SMITH . I am a constable of the night. I was in the watch-house when the prisoner was brought there; I was going to discharge her - she gave the address of her parents at Brompton; information came about this robbery, and I detained her - she then said she had robbed her master of fifteen sovereigns, and that his name was Hobley, residing near Leicester-square; she fell down on her knees, said she was very sorry for what she had done, and was very much affected indeed - she said she and another girl had been buying some clothes, and had spent very nearly all the money; I fetched her master to the watch-house - she said she had taken the money and box from under the mattress, and thrown the box away; the housekeeper came - she stated the same to her.

Prisoner’s Defence. A girl came to me a week beofre I did it, and told me she had robbed her master and mistress of two rings and a brooch - she said my mistress had so much money laying about, I might often take some - I said I would not; she came to me again, and I would not do it - she came again the morning I went to the mangle; I told her I had taken the box, and went to her mother’s in a coach - I gave her a sovereign, and she gave her father 4s. 6d.; she went and bought something in Holborn.

BENJAMIN BATES . I never heard this before.

EDWARD TYRRELL SMITH . I never heard this before.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 17.

Strongly recommended to Mercy on account of her youth, considering her the dupe of another, her apparent contrition, and the careless manner the money was deposited .[Thursday, April 15.]

Convict Changes History

Ruth Lewis on 24th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 11th September, 1889 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Denis Pember on 24th January, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

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