KIDMAN Richard

Name Richard KIDMAN
Country Of Origin England
Born 1761
Died 1832
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1761, Waterbeach, Cambridge, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clock Mender
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Street Address
Marriage/Spouse Sarah Kidman
Trial 11 March 1801, Cambridge Assizes, Cambridgeshire
Sentence Death sentence commuted to transportation for life for theft of large amounts of silver plate from Caius College and King’s College, Cambridge.
Arrival 9 October 1803 on the convict ship, Calcutta
Police Number unknown
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other Richard was a plumber and glazier by trade. Before his sentence, he was reputed as clever and repaired and made clocks in Cambridge.

He was held at Woolwich on the hulk Prudentia before transportation to Australia.

Lieutenant-Governor David Collins led the Calcutta expedition purposed to establish a new settlement in Bass Strait. They arrived at Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, in October, but after finding the location unsuitable, moved to the Derwent River where the harbour and site were more fitting to establish Hobart Town.

October 1810: Free Pardon

1811: Richard Kidman returned to Cambridge.

Death 19 January 1832, Cambridge, England.

Huntingdon Bedford & Peterborough Gazette, Saturday 21 January 1832:
‘Died on Thursday evening, aged 71, the noted Richard Kidman, the ingenious rogue who thirty years ago was transported for robbing several colleges of their plate.’

Marjorie Tipping, Convicts Unbound: The Story of the Calcutta Convicts & their Settlement in Australia, 1988.
Peter and Ann Elias, A Few From Afar, Jewish Lives in Tasmania from 1804, 2003, pp 36-38,142-3,
TAHO: CON22/1/1.
Web: London Courier & Evening Gazette (British Newspaper Archive) 19 March 1801; Bedford & British Newspaper Archive 21 January 1832; Australian Dictionary of Biography, David Collins.