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William Wright

William Wright, one of 158 convicts transported on the Lord Sidmouth, 20 September 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Wright
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 30th May, 1877
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Sidmouth
Departure date: 20th September, 1818
Arrival date: 11th March, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 91 (47)
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

D Wong on 13th July, 2019 wrote:

NOTE: 2 William Wright’s on this voyage.
2nd William Wright was transported with brother John for sheep stealing.
They were tried at the Old Bailey on 17/6/1818.

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
6th May 1818
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM WRIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of April, one handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Thomas Lane Crockit, from his person.

THOMAS LANE CROCKIT. On the 18th of April, about nine o’clock in the evening, I was in Holborn, and heard a noise behind me; immediately after, a man ran across the way-my handkerchief dropped before him, a man picked it up.

THOMAS THOMPSON. I am an officer. I was in Holborn, and saw the prisoner, with another, very active in picking pockets. He followed the prosecutor, and pulled the handkerchief out a little way, he then went up to him again, took it quite out, and ran away - I crossed the road just before. I took him, and he threw it down.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years.

William Wright was 20 years old on arrival, he was 5’5” tall, dark complexion, brown hair and eyes.

Native Place: London.

Convict Changes History

Mark Maling on 13th July, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th May, 1877 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 13th July, 2019 made the following changes:


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