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William Bradbury

William Bradbury, one of 200 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], August 1811

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bradbury
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: 10th June, 1836
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Warwickshire. Assizes Warwick
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: August, 1811
Arrival date*: 31st March, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 53 (28)
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

Alan Rogers on 14th May, 2013 wrote:

spouse: Elizabeth Howle married c. 1794 England
only child: Mary born c.1797 England

Jeanette D'Arcy on 22nd April, 2022 wrote:

Wife Elizabeth Houle (Howle)
Built Bradbury House in Campbelltown after purchasing 1500 acres in Airds in 1824.
Daughter Mary arrived on the Northampton (free passenger) and married Dennis Shiels who was also on the Guildford.

William Bradbury owned a sweeping farm south of the town, and was notorious for his drinking bouts. Local historian, Dr Carol Liston, has suggested the innkeeper was drunk more often than not. She wrote: “The magistrates refused to prosecute when Bradbury’s watch was stolen because it was a regular town sport to bet on how long it would take Bradbury to sober up and discover his watch was missing.”
But in the rum-soaked colony that was NSW, Bradbury’s exploits did little to harm his considerable reputation.
During his last visit to the area in 1822, Governor Lachlan Macquarie wrote: “Mr Bradbury is now building a very good two-storey brick house on his own farm, and on a very pretty eminence immediately adjoining Campbell-Town…”. Asked to give a name to the property, Macquarie portrayed a delightful lack of imagination by calling it Bradbury Park (house).  When the old innkeeper died at the age of 67 in 1836, his large estate of 300 acres passed on to other owners until a section of it was subdivided into small farm blocks and town allotments in October 1844.

Convict Changes History

Alan Rogers on 14th May, 2013 made the following changes:

gender, crime

Jeanette D'Arcy on 22nd April, 2022 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of death: 10th June, 1836 (prev. 0000), occupation

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