Harty Henry

Harty Henry came before the Surrey magistrates in August 1823 charged with stealing a hat and two umbrellas from the Nag’s head in Southwark.  A clerk, Robert Sharp, gave evidence:

ship-placeholderI was going into my master’s counting house.  I met the prisoner Harty Henry coming out in company with another man at which time the prisoner had the box now produced containing a hat belonging to William Nash the younger, and the two umbrellas also now produced one of which is the property of William Nash the elder and the other umbrella is the property of myself.   The hat is the value of twenty shillings and the umbrellas are of the value of two shillings each.  I sent for an officer and gave him charge of the prisoner and the property.  Another man ran away at the time.

Henry was sentenced to twelve months hard labour at the house of correction at Brixton.

Just under two years later the convict ship The Medina arrived in Van Diemen’s Land.  Among the 180 passengers was the 24 year old Henry.  He evidently had a penchant for umbrellas and had scaled up his operation, having been caught stealing 24 of them from the London wagon he was employed as a ‘carrier’ on.  He’d been sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven years transportation.

He never returned to England.  In 1831 he married Mary Burkinshaw and together they had three children.  He died at his home in Hobart in 1867 aged 75.

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