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William Benn

William Benn, one of 210 convicts transported on the Augusta Jessie, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Benn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 15th November, 1876
Age: 62 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Augusta Jessie
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 209 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 451 (227)
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 30th August, 2015 wrote:

William Benn was said to be 20 years old on arrival – date of birth given as 1814 – although on his death records his date of birth is given as 1826.

William was 5’5 11/4” tall, brown hair, dark grey eyes, single, dark complexion.

Conduct record: Mostly drunk.

No marriage or children found.

15/12/1843: TOL
17/3/1846: Recommended for a CP
21/9/1847: CP approved.

25/9/1876 The Mercury, Hobart:
Hospital Cases.
William Benn, aged 50 years, was also admitted from Green Ponds. He states that he was sitting by the fire at 3 o’clock yesterday morning when his jumper caught fire. He was severely burned on the chest, the neck, back, and left hand. He remains in the institution.

15/11/1876: William died from ‘ambustio’ (burns or blisters) aged 50 at Greenponds and was buried on 18/11/1876 at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Paupers Section.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 30th August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th November, 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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