Most of us know the Artful Dodger from Dickens’ Oliver Twist if not the original story then the happier ending movie. Subconsciously I knew that children were criminals, often for survival sake, and that some were transported (none of my ancestors though).
But it’s another story when you see the mug shots and the crimes that go with them. I stumbled across this page Victorian Children in trouble with the law.
This little tacker was 11. He got caught stealing a Quarter (about 28lbs or 12.7kgs) of Gooseberries. His sentence: 1 month Hard Labour (in an adult prison) followed by 5 years in a reform school.
Our urchins have it soft.