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William Bell

William Bell, one of 240 convicts transported on the Elphinstone, 27 May 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
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 Life

Crime: Violent theft
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Elphinstone
Departure date: 27th May, 1837
Arrival date: 2nd October, 1837
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 HO11/11, Page Number 56
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 9th March, 2014 wrote:

William Bell was 24 years old when convicted along with Ambrose Elms (also on board and died on the voyage) at the Old Bailey.

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM BELL and AMBROSE ELMS were indicted for a robbery an William Havens, on the 24th of September, at St. Mary Matfelon, alias Whitechapel, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 6 half-crowns, 3 shillings, 2 pence, and 2 halfpence, the monies of the said William Havens.

William was 25 years old on arrival in VDL, much pock pitted, grey eyes, dark brown hair, 5’3” tall, single. His occupation was listed as “Labourer/Waiter/Carter”.

7/11/1845: TOL
4/7/1848: CP

There were 2 William Bell’s that arrived on the Elphinstone.  The other William Bell arrived in 1836—18/8/1851: William Bell married Mary McDonald (Baretto Junior 1850).  They had 1 child, Margaret born in Hamilton on 29/1/1859.
Cannot find which one Mary married, but I feel it was this one.

Convict Changes History

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

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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