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William Bonill

William Bonill, one of 290 convicts transported on the Asia, 05 November 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bonill
Aliases: Bonnill
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 29th April, 1841
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Ununnatural offence
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 5th November, 1835
Arrival date: 21st February, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 202
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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Anna on 16th June, 2013 wrote:

William Bonill was convicted for being an accessory to sodomy in the 1835 case of James Pratt and John Smith, who were the last two men executed for homosexual activity in England. Bonill was considered an accessory in the case because, while Bonill was out getting beer, Pratt and Smith were discovered having sexual relations in Bonill’s room and it was believed that Bonill was aware of the sexual nature of the situation (his landlord testified that Bonill often had male visitors to his room, usually in pairs). Bonill was transported to Tasmania as a convict and died while a patient at New Norfolk Hospital.

Convict Changes History

Anna on 16th June, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of death 29th April, 1841, gender, occupation, crime

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