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William Bell

William Bell, one of 240 convicts transported on the Elphinstone, 20 January 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Elphinstone
Departure date: 20th January, 1836
Arrival date: 24th May, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 239 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 225 (115)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 9th March, 2014 wrote:

William was 16 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for stealing 5 teaspoons, 1 coat and a cloak.

William was born in Liverpool and had 2 previctions before and was listed as a vagrant.

William was 4’10 1/2” tall, dark complexion,  single, tattoos.

21/7/1843: TOL
12/8/1845: TOL cancelled for Larceny under £5.

9/6/1846: TOL.

William’s conduct record was very bad, refusing to work, drunk, larceny, etc.  Found no COF.

18/8/1851: Mary McDonald married William Bell from the Elphinstone.  There was another William Bell on the Elphinstone 1837 - could not find which one it was, but include this for reference.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th March, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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