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William Beck

William Beck, one of 99 convicts transported on the Hoogley, 31 October 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Beck
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 14th August, 1852
Age: 85 years

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: Rape
Convicted at: Cambridge, Isle of Ely Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Hooghley
Departure date: 31st October, 1827
Arrival date: 24th February, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 283 (143). NSW State Records, Convict Index [4/4111; Reel 927]
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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Iris Dunne on 23rd January, 2017 wrote:

Trial 7 April 1827
Crime of Rape from journal of ship Hooghley
Ticket of Leave 37/619, District: Sutton Forest

D Wong on 23rd January, 2017 wrote:

William Beck was born in 1767-1777.

John Budge, James Budge and William Ellingham committed the rape upon an elderly woman names Ann Stamford - William Beck who was reportedly aged 50 at the time and Joseph Kitchen were convicted of aiding and abetting them.

Joseph Kitchen was executed April 1827.

James and John Budge and William Ellingham were also on board the Hooghly.

14/8/1852: Convict Death Register - William Beck died at the Parramatta Hospital, aged 85?? Invalid.

Maureen Withey on 18th June, 2021 wrote:

From the report of the trial:

Ely Assizes.

John Budge, James Budge, and William Ellingham, were capitally indicted for having, on Monday night, the 21st, or early in Tuesday morning, the 22nd day of August, committed a rape on the body of Ann Stamford, at March; and Joseph Kitchen, the younger, and Wm. Beck, were indicted for feloniously assisting the said John Budge, James Budge, and William Ellingham, in committing the said rape. — The accomplice Kitchen having an indictment against him for committing the capital offence, nothing on this trial was gone into respecting the rape by him, he being separately tried for the offence. — Ann Stamford, the prosecutrix, stated she was the wife of Jas. Stamford, of Wood Walton, in the county of Huntingdon; she was 59 years of age and had been the mother of eight children. She left home on the day named in the indictment, to go to March; she arrived there about nine or ten o’clock in the evening; went into the White Hart lnn to to get some refreshment; on coming out she met Kitchen; asked him the way to a Mrs. Sturman; he led her the wrong way. [What he did to her was disclosed on his trial.] Came back into the town, and made an alarm; saw a tall man (John Budge) with James Budge, Ellingham, and Beck ; they whispered together. Kitchen having charged her with stealing his watch, she agreed to go to the field to search for it; when she had got inside the gale, in a Close called Goodman’s Close, John Budge got hold of her and threw her down. [Here the witness completely proved the commission of the capital offence, first by John Budge, then by James Budge, and Wm. Ellingham ; some held her legs while the others perpetrated the deed.]  Prosecutrix made all the resistance in her power, and cried out murder.  When they had done she got up, put her hands together (witness here described the manner) and prayed to Beck not to meddle with her; he laughed, and then threw her down.— From the fall she became insensible,  and did not know what occurred for some time. When she came to herself they were standing around her —  they then ran away.  Prosecutrix got up, but found she could not walk; she then sat down a little while, got up again, and walked to Mrs, Sturman’s.  Prosecutrix called her up, and told her what had happened: she then went to bed;  Mrs. Sturman examined her ; -the next day she went before the Magistrates.  ...
Bury and Norwich Post, 18 April 1827.


This day, Joseph Kitchen, for ravishing Ann Stamford, was executed at Ely; the other four men, (accomplices) convicted with him, were reprieved the preceding Sunday.
Norfolk Chronicle, 28 April 1827.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th December, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Indent No; 8.
Age; 54 years
Trade; Labourer

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 23rd January, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 283 (143). NSW State Records, Convict Index [4/4111; Reel 927] (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/

D Wong on 23rd January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1767 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th August, 1852 (prev. 0000), occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 16th December, 2021 made the following changes:


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