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John Woodbridge

John Woodbridge, one of 200 convicts transported on the Clyde, 27 April 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Woodbridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1863
Age: 51 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Shopbreaking & theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Clyde
Departure date: 27th April, 1832
Arrival date: 27th August, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 319 (160)
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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Jan Earnshaw on 5th December, 2019 wrote:

Married Harriet Simpson in 1839

D Wong on 5th December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN WOODBRIDGE.
Theft: simple larceny.
7th April 1831
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

JOHN WOODBRIDGE was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of March, 3lbs. weight of worsted crewell, value 12s., the goods of Thomas Clark.

THOMAS CLARK, JUN. I am fourteen years of age, and live with my father, Thomas Clark, a haberdasher, in Charlton-street, Somers’-town. On the morning of the 25th of March, about half-past eight o’clock, I was in the parlour behind the shop, and heard a noise; I went into the shop, and saw the till laying on the floor behind the counter, and 2 1/2d. in it - there had been more in it before; the prisoner was behind the counter, kneeling on one knee, and he had a parcel under his arm - he flung it down, and ran out of the shop, towards Wear’s-passage; I followed him, and gave an alarm - I came home, and seeing my sister at the door, I went again to Wear’s-passage, where I saw the prisoner standing between two or three men; I am sure he is the man - I had left the parcel laying on the ground, where he threw it.

THOMAS CLARK. I keep the shop. I was at home at this time - I missed some coppers out of the till, and saw this parcel of crewell laying on the ground - it had been taken out of one of the holes behind the counter, and the till was on the floor; I missed the parcel from its place - this is it.

JOHN DIXON. I am a Police-serjeant. On the morning of the 25th of March, about half-past eight o’clock, I was in Wear’s-passage, and heard an alarm - I saw the prisoner standing between three or four persons; I took him back to the shop, and asked the boy what he had taken - he said a parcel from the shelf, and thrown it down; here is the parcel he gave me - I found 2s. 0 1/2d. on the prisoner in copper, and a latch-key.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was going down the passage, and heard a cry of Stop thief! a man caught hold of me, and said, “Have you been thieving any thing?” I said No, but I was detained, taken back to the shop, and the boy said I was the person, but I had not been into the shop.

GUILTY. Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years.

John Woodbridge was listed as 20 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

John was literate, single, 5’5” tall, fair ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

12/12/1832 Sydney Gazette:
Woodbridge John, Clyde, in-door servant, to Robert Campbell, Sydney.

No date: TOL Parramatta.

1837: Married Harriet Simpson at Sydney, St Andrew’s Scots Church.
Children:
1840: Francis
1841: John
1843: George
1845: Mary A
1847: Harriet
1852: Isabella
1853: David

11/4/1838: COF

1863: John Woodbridge died in Sydney, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Jan Earnshaw on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1863 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Jan Earnshaw on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1863 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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