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David Wright

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: David Wright
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 unknown

Crime: -
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: unknown
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 15th April, 1825
Arrival date: 18th August, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Moreton Bay Register of Convicts.
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Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

David Wright came free on the Norfold as a soldier of the 57th Regiment.  He was sent to Moreton Bay penal settlement as punishment for a Colonial offence.

Moreton Bay Register of Convicts.
David Wright – Norfolk, Came free as a soldier in the 57th Regiment. Trade – Labourer. Colonial Conviction: Qr. Sess. Sydney, 7 Feb 1826, 3 years. Ran 28 Nov 1828, returned 26 Dec 1828. To Sydney 24 Feb 1829.
Description: Native of Norfolk, age 21, 5ft 7 ¼. Ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, religion- E.

David Wright, a private in the 57th Regt, was indicted for stealing a watch, the property of Thomas Garr.  Thomas Garr deposed, that he was servant to Captain Logan, and having received orders to attend his master at the mess, he changed his clothes at his master’s house in Prince-street, for that purpose ; that it was not until his arrival at the barracks that he had discovered he had left his watch behind, and happening to meet the prisoner, with whom he was acquainted, he requested him to go to his master’s house and desire some of his fellow servants to take care of the watch for him ; the prisoner accordingly went, but stated that he was desired by the witness to get the watch and bring it to him ; in consequence of which it was delivered up to him, but instead of returning it to the owner he sold it for twenty-seven shillings.—Guilty. To be transported for 3 years.
Sydney Gazette, 8 Feb 1826.

Maureen Withey on 10th February, 2020 wrote:

David Wright, private of the 57th Regt. charged by Thos. Guard, also, a private in the same corps, with having embezzled a silver watch, his property, and which Wright had sold to a man named James Giddens, holding a ticket of leave.  David Wright was ordered to stand committed for trial ; and Giddens, for having purchased the said watch, under circumstances, from which he ought to have been aware it could not have been honestly come by, was sentenced to have his ticket of leave cancelled, and to be returned to Government.
Sydney Gazette, 28 Jan 1826

Sydney, March 20, 1829.
General Order, No. 38.
No. 1. The Lieutenant General is pleased to order, that private David Wright, of the 57th regiment, who arrived yesterday from Moreton Bay, the period of his transportation having been expired, shall rejoin his regiment.
No. 2. The Lieutenant General is further pleased to order, that private Patrick Thomson, of the 57th regiment, who was also transported to Moreton Bay, shall join the detachment of his regiment stationed at that settlement.
No. 3. Private David Wright is to be taken on the strength of his regiment from the 2d of February last, on which day the period of his transportation expired; and private Patrick Thomson from the 2d instant, the day on which orders were given for his pardon.
No. 4. The Lieutenant General is glad to think that the commission of felonies has been checked by the measures which have been adopted, and he trusts that the circumstances of these men being sent back to their corps, and continuing the other delinquents in the service, who maimed and disabled themselves, will be a sufficient proof that soldiers will not get rid of the service by the commission of any crime which they may commit with’ that view.
No. 5. The foregoing Order is to be carefully read and explained to the several corps and detachments;
By command,
(Signed) K. SNODGRASS,
Major of Brigade
The Australian (Sydney), 21 March 1829.

Convict Changes History

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

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: Moreton Bay Register of Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: David, surname: Wright, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1805, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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