WRIGHT William

Name William WRIGHT
Country Of Origin England
Born 1800
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1800, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Trial 27 August 1832, Liverpool Quarter Sessions, Lancaster
9 January 1834, Hobart Town Supreme Court
2 June 1840, Hobart Town Supreme Court
Sentence 1832: Fourteen years transportation for stealing watches from his employer.
1834: Fourteen years transportation for stealing a watch.
1840: Transportation for life for issuing a forged order for goods with the intent to defraud. He pleaded guilty.
Arrival May 1833 on the convict ship, Jupiter

Watchmaker John Webb also arrived on the Jupiter.

Police Number 1554
Convict Assignment David Barclay, watchmaker, Hobart
Ticket of Leave
Conditional Pardon
Other Alias Jonothan H Bennett

Manchester Courier 4 August 1832:
‘Robbery by a servant. On the 19th ult. Mr Coughin, watchmaker, No. 2 Deansgate, engaged a young man named William Wright to work for him, and on the 21st he delivered three watches to him to repair. In the course of that day Mr C had occasion to go out on business, and on his return, he found that Wright had absconded with the watches. On the 23rd, Burgess, the constable of Macclesfield, saw Wright in that town, and from some suspicious appearances in his demeanour, took him into custody, when it was ascertained that he had disposed of all the three watches, which were subsequently recovered, and restored to the owner. The prisoner was brought up at the New Bailey on Monday and committed for trial.’

December 1832-January 1833: Received medical treatment on the voyage to Van Diemen’s Land.

1833: Assigned to David Barclay.

September 1833: Received 50 lashes for drunkenness, absence without permission, and insolence to David Barclay.

October 1833: Imprisonment and three months hard labour, Constitution Hill Road Party, for using David Barclay’s tools for his own value.

1834: Colonial sentence (see above)
William was sent to Port Arthur to serve part of his sentence.

Early 1838:

  • Transferred from convict master Samuel Young of Launceston, to W Patterson of Launceston.
  • Absconded, existing transportation sentence extended two years.

1840: Colonial sentence (see above)
July 1840: Transported to Norfolk Island on the ship, Mandarin.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON31/1/46, CON27/1/6, CON18/1/11, SC32/1/2 1834, SC32/1/4 1840.
Web: Ancestry: England & Wales Criminal Register 1832; Lancashire, England, Quarter Sessions Order Books 1832; United Kingdom Royal Navy Medical Journal, Jupiter, 1832-1833.
Manchester Courier 4 August 1832 (British Newspaper Archive); The Tasmanian 11 October 1833; The Colonist and Van Diemen’s Land Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser 28 January 1834; Colonial Times 14 January 1834; The Hobart Town Courier & Van Diemen’s Land Gazette 12 June 1840.