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Richard Yewdle (c. 1804–1830)

Richard Yewdle (c.1804-1830) a shepherd, was found guilty on 10 March 1827 at the Wiltshire Assizes, England, of stealing a horse. Sentenced to 14 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Asia in December 1827.

Yewdle had an unblemished record until he was charged (as Richard Udal), along with fellow convicts William Messenger and John Brady, of raping five-year-old Julia Anstey. The three men were guilty and executed at Launceston, Tasmania, on 10 July 1830.

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Alternative Names
  • Udal, Richard
  • Udall, Richard

c. 1804
Corsley, Wiltshire, England


10 July, 1830 (aged ~ 26)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Wiltshire
Trial Date: 10 March 1827


Occupation: shepherd