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Stephen Woodcock

Stephen Woodcock, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Woodcock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: -
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 83 (43)
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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Maureen Withey on 19th August, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

WOODCOCK, Stephen. Per “Fortune”, 1813.

1817 Apr 23 - On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.122)
1821 Sep 8 - Overseer. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.78)
1822 Feb 10,16 - Had road party near Campbelltown. Request for Richard Potter in Woodcock’s gang to be assigned to Daniel Brown (Reel 6053; 4/1756 pp.82-3). Reply, 22 Feb (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.482)
1822 Mar 29 - Of Appin. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.6)
1822 May 2 - Husband of Sarah Woodcock. Shot with a blunderbuss (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.55)
1823 Mar 4 - Pension paid to his widow (Reel 6039; 4/424 p.152)
1824 Apr 9 - Re his former overseer’s man, James Wright; assignment to Ann Snead (Reel 6061; 4/1779 p.13)
1825 - Government overseer on Liverpool Road; murdered by Donavan, Knowles and Bark in 1822. Petition of William Wells for free passage to England (Reel 6064; 4/1788 p.55)

Colonial Secretary’s Office, 2d May, 1822.
TWENTY POUNDS REWARD.—CONDITIONAL PARDON.—Whereas, on Friday last, a Government Cart was stopped on the Liverpool Road, by three Ruffians, who, in the most wanton and unprovoked Manner shot, with a Blunderbuss, Stephen Woodcock, a Government Overseer in Charge of the same;—A Reward of Twenty Pounds is hereby offered to any Free White Person who shall apprehend, or give such Information as may lead to the Apprehension of the Offenders; or, a Conditional Pardon to any Convict who shall perform the like Service. The Assassins are supposed to be the same who shot Hayes, in the House of Thomas Lewin, a short Time since.
The following is their Description:
1. The Man, who fired the Blunderbuss, is about 5 feet 6 inches high, and had on a blue jacket.
2. A Man, about 6 feet high, large black whiskers, and long visage; had on a pair of dark Parramatta blanket trowsers, smock frock, and glazed hat; supposed to be Samuel Medwith, who was sent to Newcastle with Cunningham from Colonel Johnston’s Service.
3. A Man rather above 5 feet 6 inches high; had on a loose frock.
The following Articles were taken from the Cart :—Nine government blankets; one iron pot; one frying-pan; one shovel; two suits of slops; three pairs of shoes; 20lb of sugar; 1½lb of tea; 1½lb of tobacco; half-a-gallon of rum; a certificate of freedom, for John Miller, per Ocean (1), pasted on a piece of check, very dirty; and a light drab coat, belonging to the deceased Woodcock.
By Command of His Excellency the Governor,
F. Goulburn, Colonial Secretary,
Sydney Gazette, 3 May 1822.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 19th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

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