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William Coleman Balls

William Coleman Balls, one of 200 convicts transported on the China, 03 January 1846

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Coleman Balls
Aliases: Ball
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1876
Age: 86 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Fraud
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: China
Departure date: 3rd January, 1846
Arrival date: 16th May, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 1
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 26th October, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey: This is a shortened version of a lengthy trial – it may be read in full at:

WILLIAM COLEMAN BALLS, Deception > forgery, 18th August 1845.

Reference Number: t18450818-1625
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty > with recommendation
Punishment: Transportation

WILLIAM COLEMAN BALLS was indicted for feloniously forging and uttering an acquittance and receipt for 30l., with intent to defraud John Randall and others.—Two other COUNTS, with intent to defraud George Selby and others.

GUILTY—Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Transported for Ten Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner, and MR. BALLANTINE stared that he had obtained the whole fund belonging to the society.)

William was the secretary to the United Brothers Society.

William was born in Norwich, he was 57 years old on arrival, 5’4” tall, grey eyes, dark brown to grey hair, married with 7 children, could read and write.  His occupation on his conduct record is listed as a ‘carpenter’.

20/8/1850: TOL
13/7/1852: CP

30/10/1876: The Mercury, Hobart:
BALL. — On the 18th October, at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Macquarie-street, after a long and painful illness, William Coleman Ball, aged 86 years.

William was buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Paupers Section.

Convict Changes History

Loom on 26th October, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1876 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 26th October, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Ball, gender: m, occupation

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