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Hodges, William (1783–1838)

William Hodges was sentenced, on 8 May 1799 at Middlesex, England, to life transportation for feloniously stealing a paper box, value 6 pence; two silk spencers, value 40 shillings; a net handkerchief, value 12 pence, a muslin handkerchief, value 3 shillings; four Norwich shawls, value 25 shillings; four black silk handkerchiefs, value 16 shillings; a half black silk handkerchief, value 2 shillings; twenty-six coloured silk handkerchiefs, value £7 10 shillings; and eight half coloured silk handkerchiefs, value 29 shillings. He arrived in Sydney in 1800 aboard the Royal Admiral. In 1806 he was working as an indented servant for Mr Arndell. His status was listed as free in 1814 and he was granted an absolute pardon in 1822.

On 20 January 1819 he married Margaret Rae. On 20 January 1825, described as a widower, aged 36, he married Harriet Board, aged 20, at St Philips Church of England, Sydney. Jean Rae was a witness at the ceremony.

He gave his occupation as victualler in censuses and musters.

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23 February 1838
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life