George Wright was born in 1797 and lived in Littledean where he worked as a nailer. On 31 March 1818, at the age of 21, he was sentenced to be transported for 7 years for the theft of clothes and other articles from Robert Williams in the parish of Oddington. After a spell on the hulk, Justitia, he was transferred to the Lord Sidmouth which set sail for New South Wales on 20 September 1818 and arrived on 11 March 1819.
He did not settle well and was brought before the authorities and punished on a number of occasions. He was given his certificate of freedom on 31 March 1825. However in the following years up to about the late 1850s he was in and out of prison on numerous occasions for minor offences such as theft.