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William Barnes

William Barnes, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Barnes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 271 (136)
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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Dianne Jones on 10th March, 2021 wrote:

TRADE: Lock and brass finisher (see https://librariestas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/).

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 wrote:

1831, 8 September: William Barnes and Henry Smith were tried at the Old Bailey. Following is a transcript of their trial:

“#1675. HENRY SMITH and WILLIAM BARNES were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of August, 1 hat, value 1s. 6d.; 1 pair of shoes, value 5s.; 1 shirt, value 3s.; 1 neck handkerchief, value 6d.; 1 pair of stockings, value 6d.; 4 half-crowns, and 2 shillings, the property of Benjamin Lambeth, from his person.

BENJAMIN LAMBETH: I am servant to Mr. Freeman, of Warwick-lane, a coach-proprietor. On the 28th of August, between four and five o’clock in the afternoon, I was in Smithfield; this handkerchief was in my pocket, and the money also, and the shirt - I was not sober, and laid down in Smithfield, opposite the Ram Inn, in one of the sheep-pens - I awoke about five o’clock, and my hat was gone from my head, my money from my breeches pocket and my stockings and shirt also - my shoes were taken off my feet - I did not know either of the prisoners, and have not found any of my property - I saw the prisoners in custody next day on this charge.

WILLIAM CLEENSON: I am a scale-maker, and live in Smithfield. On the 28th of August, about five o’clock, I saw the prosecutor asleep in the pens; he then had his hat and shoes on - I saw both the prisoners there about five minutes after; they came up to him, from West-street, and took off his shoes and hat: then one of their companions who is not in custody, took the hat and shoes down West-street - they went away, came back again in about five minutes to try his pockets; I saw them take a white parcel, which appeared a shirt, from his coat pocket - they then went away; I went next door to my brother-in-law to inform him - and soon after they returned a third time; one of the prisoners laid down by the prosecutor’s side, and rifled his pockets - I pointed them out to my brother-in-law; he went and they were secured - the third person was only with them the first time.

ROBERT WOOD: I am Cleenson’s brother in-law. I was informed of this; I saw the prisoners return to the prosecutor, and rifle his pockets; I went and procured an officer, and had them taken.

FRANCIS GETTINGS: I am an officer. Wood took the prisoners and delivered them to me; I took them to the Compter, and found 2s. on Barnes, and 2s. 41/2d. on Smith - they called me by my name, and knew me very well, and I knew them.

Smith’s Defence: I work in Smithfield market; this young man, living in the neighbourhood, went with me to Islington; as we came back there was a man preaching in Smithfield, and just before I got there Gettings came and collared us.

SMITH - GUILTY. Aged 21.


Transported for Life.” (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/)

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 wrote:

1831, 5 October: William Barnes was sent from Newgate Jail and received aboard the Cumberland prison hulk at Chatham. He was listed as 17, and was sent from there for transportation on 14 February 1832 (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

1832: On arrival in VDL, he was 18, a labourer and brass finisher and was assigned to Mr Appleby, a new settler (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-10$init=CON18-1-10p6).

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 wrote:

1841, 5 January: He received a Ticket of Leave (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-5$init=CON31-1-5p6).

1845, March: His Conditional Pardon was approved. It was extended to the Australian Colonies on 26 August 1845.

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 wrote:

FOOTNOTE: William Barnes had petitioned, unsuccessfully, for clemency in relation to his life sentence. Below is the summary record of that petition from the National Archives:

“HO 17/27/8 ... Prisoner name: William Barnes.

Prisoner age: 17 years.

Court and date of trial: Old Bailey, September 1831.

Crime: Stealing a hat, other articles and ten shillings in money from Benjamin Lambeth.

Initial sentence: Transportation for life.

Gaoler’s report: ‘Not known here’.

Annotated (Outcome): ‘Nil’.

Petitioner(s): William Barnes (the convict) undersigned by Benjamin Lambeth prosecutor and 23 inhabitants of Snow Hill [City of London] and its environs.

Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Previous good character; he has an aged mother.

Additional Information: Held in Newgate Gaol.

Date: 1831 Sept.” (see https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C15107947)

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 10th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 15th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000)

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