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John Woodhall

John Woodhall, one of 150 convicts transported on the Sesostris, 23 November 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Woodhall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1844
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Escaping from transportation
Convicted at: Warwick, City of Coventry Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Sesostris
Departure date: 23rd November, 1825
Arrival date: 21st March, 1826
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 311 (157)
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 10th April, 2020 wrote:

Coventry Summer Assizes
After his Lordship had addressed the Grand Jury, John Woodhall, aged 22, was immediately placed at the bar, charged with being at large, before the expiration of his sentence of transportation, the 27th of May last, in this City. He pleaded Guilty. The Judge said it had his constant practice in cases of this description, when a prisoner pleaded guilty, to insist upon his withdrawing the plea, and taking his trial; he was empowered to do so. But this instance found it totally unnecessary to exercise his power; the man having been convicted so late as the last Warwick Assizes, of stealing articles the value of 39s. For that offence one of his learned brothers sentenced him be transported for seven years; had the things been worth 1s. more, he would probably have been left for execution. The prisoner was beyond doubt the same person.—His Lordship told him by this act running away he had forfeited his life; should not pass the sentence of the law upon him but recommend him to his Majesty as an object mercy. He added, that the prisoner would certainly transported for life, even if the recommendation had its due effect. Death recorded. The prisoner said he would not have escaped from the Hulks had he been guilty of the charge for which he had had been sent there. He then handed a written paper his Lordship; who, after reading it, said, 1 cannot give you credit for thus complaining about the justness of your original sentence at Warwick, and the conduct of the police. In one this paper you talk of my acquitting you; it is more than dare to, after you have pleaded guilty to capital offence.
Northampton Mercury, 13 Aug 1825.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th March, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Sesostris - 1825/6

Indent No; 132
Name; John Woodhall
Age; 23
Reads & writes, Protestant, Married. Wife only
Trade or calling; Gun finisher
Offence; Escaping - 5 Aug 1825 - 2 previous convictions
Height; 5 ft. 4 1/2
Eyes; Black
Hair; Brown
Completion; Ruddy, Pock pitted
Remarks; .............. Escaping for England, ....... Ship; John 2 in Dec 1833 for 7 years [Very faint unable to read in full]
Additional remarks noted against name; DIED; 22 Dec 1844 in Parramatta Hospital

Ticket of Leave; 42/1672

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1844 (prev. 0000), crime

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