I have been following the case of John Gill born Richmond 1794 (in case he turned out to be a relative of mine). He was transported to Australia for 7 years for stealing a case of tea at Heddon on the Wall in 1821. Do you have any knowledge of this?
I didn't, but a little research using Google delivered some of the details.
He was born in Richmond, North Yorkshire in 1794 and later described as a ploughman.
Sentenced at Newcastle Quarter Sessions (23rd Aug 1821) to 7 years transportation for stealing a case of tea at Heddon on the Wall.
He married Elizabeth Blore, who was sentenced to 7 years transportation at Liverpool Quarter Sessions, and arrived 25 April 1838 aboard the John Renwick. They married in Sydney on 12 June 1840.
Shipley sailed from London on 7th November 1821, arriving on 11th March 1822 (a trip of 124 days). All but one of the 150 male convict passengers survived to reach Sydney.
Today it is thought that around two million Britons - one in 30 - are related to the thieves, robbers and petty criminals deported to Australia from the end of the 18th century. John Gill, one of the criminals responsible for the Great Heddon Tea Robbery, may be an ancestor of Angela. Nearly everyone has skeletons in the cupboard if you look hard enough.