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William Atkins

William Atkins, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Atkins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Norfolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 9 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 310. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. 31-1-1 page 25.
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

Ian Woolley on 26th November, 2012 wrote:

William Atkins, Guildford, given a Ticket of Leave on 19 JAN 1826. See Hobart Town Gazette, Sat 21 JAN 1826, pg. 3. Atkins Family members around Australia believe he may be their link with Norfolk, England and that his wife may be named Emma.
Please contact Ian Woolley by email on iwoolley@netspace.net.au if you have or require further details.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 27th November, 2012 wrote:

Tasmanian Archives has William Atkins in the Guildford Convict Conduct Record book - absolutely clear record (no offences, but then does not give indications as to where he was stationed, or his crime).  Convict no. 1826.
1832 & 1833 Musters recorded whilst he was on a Ticket of Leave.
Ship: Guildford - sailed from Portsmouth to VDL via Sydney, voyage 9. Master Magnus Johnson. Surgeon Hugh Walker. 190 passengers, 1 off landed at NSW, 189 to Van Diemens Land, arriving 28/10/1820.

Tas Pioneer Index: Baptism of a William Atkins on 11/12/1826. Parents: William & Emma Atkins. Clarence district (eastern shore of Hobart) 2543/1827-32. (A look up of this record and parish records should give more details.)

Convict Changes History

Ian Woolley on 26th November, 2012 made the following changes:


Carol Axton-Thompson on 27th November, 2012 made the following changes:

source, gender

Ian Woolley on 28th November, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1794

Keith Blackburn on 27th August, 2014 made the following changes:


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