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William Ballard

William Ballard, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ballard
Aliases: Timothy Ballard
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Basketmaker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 30th January, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 438
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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D Wong on 25th December, 2013 wrote:

William Ballard was 19 years old when convicted and 20 years old on arrival in NSW, he was transported for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s6d., the goods of William Hartnell.

William was on the sick list of the Bengal Merchant, once for catarrh and once for synocha (a continued fever) and was discharged, cured.

William is not listed in the NSW Gov records under either name and I could find no records of him.

D Wong on 16th July, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
20th February 1834
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation
WILLIAM BALLARD was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of February, 1 handkerchief, value 1s. 6d., the goods of William Hartnell, from his person.

WILLIAM HARTNELL. On the 20th of February, about five o’clock in the afternoon, I was walking down Whitechapel - I felt something going out of my pocket - I turned round suddenly, and saw the prisoner drop my handkerchief from his hand behind him - I had laid hold of him at that time - I took it up and gave him to the officer - I was talking with Crumpton, the officer, at the same time.

CHARLES CRUMPTON. I am an officer - I was walking with Hartnell - I saw him turn his head round - I turned, and saw the handkerchief in the prisoner’s hand - he dropped it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years.

William Ballard was listed as 20 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London

William was literate, protestant, single, 5’1” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, mole on left cheek, small scar on same, small scar on left eyebrow.

3/12/1841: COF - Listed as Bullard on Ancestry (certificates of freedom) - he was 27 years old.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th December, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1815, gender, crime

Robyn Thompson on 16th July, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Timothy Ballard (prev. Balland), date of birth: 1770 (prev. 1815), occupation

D Wong on 16th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 1770), occupation

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