William Harding (d.1792)

WILLIAM HARDING was a convict who was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 7 March 1792. It is not clear exactly where he was tried and convicted or which ship he was transported on, as there are conflicting records for the WILLIAM HARDING who arrived with the Third Fleet. One record states that WILLIAM HARDING was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey, London on 9 May 1788, sentenced to seven years transportation, and arrived per Admiral Barrington (1791). However, there are no Old Bailey records for the 9 May 1788, only 7 May 1788, and among those tried on the latter date there is no record matching that name. There were, however, Old Bailey records for a WILLIAM HARDING tried alongside WILLIAM WOODWARD three years earlier in 1785 and found guilty of stealing and fined [see Sources section below]. If this was the same WILLIAM HARDING, this may account for the recording of his trial place as the Old Bailey.

Another record states that WILLIAM HARDING was tried and convicted at Cambridge on 9 March 1790, sentenced to seven years transportation and arrived per Britannia (1791). Further research required.

To make matters more confusing, the St. John’s burial register states that a WILLIAM HARDING was also buried on 23 March 1792. Was this a clerical error? Or simply another man named WILLIAM HARDING?


  • Alternate: WILIAM HARDEN (c.f. burial record)

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


Primary Sources

Secondary Sources


# Third Fleet

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Admiral Barrington (1791)

# Burial year: 1792

# Grave: unmarked

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