After a long, long time away from the task we have turned to working on the family histories and have been reminded of my great-great-great grandfather William who was transported to Tasmania for stealing a shirt.
Deported to Tasmania for stealing a pocket book, a length of nankeen and a shirt from Capt. Godwin whom he was working for as a bricklayer. This was a second offence as he had been earlier convicted of stealing some ducks and a goose. He was sent to Plymouth and kept in a hulk for 18 months until they sailed for New Norfolk in Tasmania
Listed as a Carpenter & Joiner and CONVICT.
He and his family, Mary ORDISH and their 2 children, Sara and William lived in Bridge Street, St Werburgh, in Derby.
In 1827 he was found guilty of stealing 4 geese and 3 ducks.
On May 24th 1828 he was sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia for stealing 3 yards of nankeen, 2 shirts and a pocket book belonging to Captain Goodwin for whom he was working as a bricklayer. Witnesses saw him entering a room by means of a ladder. He spent 15 months in a hulk ship before boarding the 527 ton class E1 ship the “Prince Regent” which sailed on the 14th September 1829, arriving in Hobart, Tasmania on the 10th January 1830.
William and his full brother John and half brother Charles were all transported to Tasmania for petty crimes. Whilst serving their sentences, they all got in to trouble for similar offences, and sometimes two of them were charged on the same day. Williams Charge Sheet states:- April 28th 1830 Drunk in the barracks. July 22nd 1831 Absent overnight from the government gardens, admonished. Jan 17th 1834 Abmonished for neglect of duties Feb 25th 1834 Drunk.
His 2nd wife Mary WATTS, also a convict, and he had 2 daughters and 2 sons born in New Norfolk, Tasmania Australia.