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William Henry Barber

William Henry Barber, one of 224 convicts transported on the Agincourt, 06 July 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Henry Barber
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Solicitor
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 Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Agincourt
Departure date: 6th July, 1844
Arrival date: 9th November, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 107 (55). Tasmanian Archives - convict, conduct record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-83,234,12,S,80
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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Anonymous on 11th June, 2011 wrote:

There are claims he was found to be innocent of the crime and was granted compensation. I’ll have to find the source and send it to you !

Anonymous on 11th June, 2011 wrote:


Suggest you see if this is the same bloke.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th November, 2013 wrote:

William Henry Barber was charged & convicted at the CCC, London 08/04/1844 for inciting a person to forge and alter a Will. Life sentence. Transported to Australia on the ‘Agincourt’, arriving Norfolk Island (administered at the time by Van Diemen’s Land) 09/11/1844.

Gaol Report: 1st conviction.

Single man; fair complexion; dk brown/grey hair; brown eyes.

Station Gang: Norfolk Island, 30mths Probation.

William strongly protested his innocence and made many petitions to the Governor and friends in England on his behalf.  There are many news articles in the newspapers of the time.

21/04/1847 Conditional Pardon granted.

Letter to the Editor, Hobart Courier 26 May 1847:
“On the 21st of April, whilst at Impression Bay, I received an official notification of my conditional pardon. It is by a special warrant from the Queen, dated St. James, 12th January, 1846. I have thus, Sir, endeavoured to place before your readers, without the slightest reserve, as perspicuous a narrative of my case as contracted limits will permit. My tale of injury and suffering is briefly told in my advertisement. Sixteen thousand miles from my country and friends, I appeal to the inhabitants of Tasmania to assist me in my struggle for a full measure of justice to shorten the days of my sad exile to hasten my return to home to happiness to real liberty! I have the honour to be,very respectfully, Sir, your obedient humble servant,

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th November, 2013 made the following changes:

source, gender

Carol Axton-Thompson on 11th November, 2013 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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