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Richard Bibby

Richard Bibby, one of 280 convicts transported on the Ramillies, 25 April 1854

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Bibby
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1832
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 27 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Robbery with violence
Convicted at: Lancashire. Assizes Liverpool
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Ramillies
Departure date: 25th April, 1854
Arrival date: 7th August, 1854
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 76
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 30th December, 2016 wrote:

Richard Bibby was 22 years old on arrival, he was single, 5’ 5 1/2” tall, light brown hair, dark hazel eyes, fair complexion, stout build, scar under right eye.

19/19/1859 The Inquirer and Commercial News, Perth:
The wretched man, Richard Bibby, condemned to death at the recent Quarter Sessions for the
murder of the native Biilimarra, was hung at the Perth gaol on Monday. He apparently fancied
to the last that he would be reprieved, for, though he admitted his guilt to the clergyman who visited him in his cell, when asked on the scaffold whether his sentence was not a just one, he replied that if the truth had been told he would not have been there. The unfortunate man struggled much, the rope having been unskillfully adjusted. It is said, however, that his neck was dislocated the instant after the drop was drawn, and that his struggles were muscular only. Let us hope it was so. The Dean was unremitting in his attentions to this wretched being, and so was Mr Trigg. He was to all appearance truly penitent.
The peculiarity in this case was that it was the first execution in the colony of a white man for the murder of one of the aboriginal population. Many thought that the man’s life would have been spared, and very strong intercession was made, but the cool deliberate way the murder was committed, and the previous antecedents of the condemned, he having been transported for robbery with violence, after a long career of crime, was a bar to the exercise of mercy in his case.

26 /10/1859 The Inquirer:
From the evidence elicited at the trial, it seems that Bibby was hutkeeper at a station in the Victoria district, belonging to Mr Davis. Something transpired in the Court with reference to some native women, one of whom he expected to be in the camp of the murdered man Billimarra, but who was not there on the night previous to, or on the morning- of, the murder. Whether he attributed her absence to Billimarra’ s influence, and killed him in consequence, does not appear.
The reason given by Bibby for the crime was that his victim had stolen some lambs ; but the principal witness for the prosecution, a fellow -servant of the murderer, distinctly stated that the carcasses of the only iambs that were lost had been found mangled by the native dogs. Be the cause of the murder what it may, it is clear that on the preceding night Bibby had expressed his determination to deprive Billimarra of life, and that he loaded his pistol for the purpose.
With this resolve he went to sleep, and before sunrise the next morning he took his pistol and went to the place where the black man was sleeping, near to his own hut — so near, indeed, that he might be said to be under his’ protection; — he then woke him from his earthly slumber, to plunge him in the long sleep of death. The words between them were few, the action brief. He put his pistol to the native’s head and shot him. The witness Comely followed him by stealth, and saw the crime committed. A native sleeping close at hand was awoke by the report of the pistol, saw the dead man
yet warm and bleeding, and subsequently buried him.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 30th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1932 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1859 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 30th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1832 (prev. 1932)

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