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Details for the convict William Garner (1820)

Convict Name:William Garner
Trial Place:Lancaster Assizes
Trial Date:20 March 1820
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Arrival Year:1820
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William. a 15-year-old brick yard boy, was found guilty of highway robbery and condemned to death at the April Assizes at Lancaster Castle in 1820.
The sentence was commuted to transportation for life.
While in the castle dungeon, he carved his name, age and the year into the wall.(The graffiti was found by castle staff in the early part of this century).
He arrived in NSW on the "Hebe"in December 1820 and was sent to either Airds or Bringelly.
As a brickmaker,over the years he worked for: Surveyor-General and explorer John Oxley,at the Prisoners' Barracks Liverpool, the Carters' Barracks Sydney, Parramatta, Concord and finally, after marriage to Catherine Bird in Sydney in 1831,East Maitland.
He had Tickets-of Leave in 1829 and 1834 and a Conditional Pardon in 1837.
He was probably the William, brickmaker, who died at Liverpool Hospital in 1863 from TB and was buried in Liverpool the following day.
Submitted by Researcher (521) on 17 December 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.355

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