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William Ashblunt

William Ashblunt, one of 224 convicts transported on the Strathfieldsay, 22 July 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ashblunt
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Durham and Sadberge Assizes, Session or Court of Pleas, Pleas of the Crown, Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Strathfieldsay
Departure date: 22nd July, 1831
Arrival date: 15th November, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 223 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 162
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

greg petersen on 18th February, 2017 wrote:

Appropriation list: No. 458, 20, crippled one arm,

D Wong on 18th February, 2017 wrote:

19/2/1831 Newcastle Chronicle Tyne and Wear, England:
Joseph Ormond, Timothy Holt, and Win. Ashblunt, for having at East Herrington, broken into the dwelling house of 1 and stolen several articles of wearing apparel. (Joseph Ormond was also on board - no ship found for Timothy Holt).

William Ashblunt was 20 years old on arrival, he was 5’6 1/2” tall, single, sallow complexion, brown hair, light grey eyes, lost left arm B.A.W.A.D. inside right arm.

1832-35 Musters: Public Works.

25/10/1833 HobartTown Courier:
W. Ashblunt and Samuel Field were acquitted on a charge of stealing tobacco from a cart.

1/4/1834 Colonial Times, Hobart:
William Ashblunt, for absconding from his gang yesterday, was ordered twelve months addition to his present sentence, and to be kept at hard labor at Bridgewater chain gang during that time. This man was apprehended hy Mr. Richard Pyers the same day with one of his irons off.

25/4/1824 Hobart Town Courier:
Absconded - he was sentenced six months to a chain gang, for absconding.

28/9/1843: Listed on his Conduct Record but nothing in the papers - Feloniously killing one wedder sheep with intent to steal the carcass. Sentenced to 14 years - 3 years spent at Port Arthur.

16/7/1844: At Port Arthur.

His conduct record is so long that it is on 3 separate pages.

29/12/1851: TOL

21/3/1857: Was in H.M. Gaol at Launceston for sheep stealing.

7/5/1857 Launceston Examiner:
Listed as leaving per ‘Louisa’ for Sydney.

No further mention of him found.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 18th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

D Wong on 18th February, 2017 made the following changes:


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