Sunday, February 12, 2006

transported for life 31 Oct 1827 Botany Bay

William Smith

Prior to his transportation, William worked as a shepherd looking after 800 sheep for Mr Hugh S? in Godmanstone which is 4km south of Sydling.
He states he had been a sheppard for 13 years. William had a previous conviction of six weeks gaol in Dorset for running away from his master, Mr [James] Devenish, a farmer.

In 1827 William was found guilty of stealing a sheep. The following isreported to be a transcript of William's trial at the Dorchester Assizes in the County of Dorset.
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