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William Adams

William Adams, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Adams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 2nd February, 1798
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 54
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Denis Pember on 15th August, 2015 wrote:

William was indicted with one George Riness in that they feloniously assaulted on Charles Salmon, Putting him in fear and danger of his life.  Taking from him 4 shillings and sixpence and nine halfpence.
They knocked him down and finding that this amount was all he had,  discussed between themselves what to do next.  According to Salmon, Riness raised the bludgeon and asked Adams “B—r his eyes, shall I go it?”. Fortunately Adams said no and to let him pass.
There then follows a long and involved account of how the prisoners were apprehended and identified and various witnesses were called to support their statements.  Amazingly, Riness’ account seems to have been believed.  He was found not guilty, whilst Adams was found guilty and sentenced to death. 
He was transported on the Scarborough.

Denis Pember on 15th August, 2015 wrote:

Very soon after arriving in the colony, Adams married Mary Morton (aka Chadderton) (Convict, Mary Ann 1791). They were married October 22 1791 at Sydney. They had three daughters, Sarah, Elizabeth and Keziah in the next few years. William Adams died in February 1798.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 15th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 2nd February, 1798 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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