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William Brooks

William Brooks, one of 152 convicts transported on the Marquess of Hastings, 19 August 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Brooks
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Hastings
Departure date: 19th August, 1825
Arrival date: 3rd January, 1826
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 152 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 298
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th April, 2021 wrote:

1834 - Ticket of Leave. 26 May 1834.
Place of trial; London. 19 May 1825.
Sentence; Life.
Noted across the ticket; Ticket cancelled 17 Feb. 1836 for Embezzlement by Bathurst bench

Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th April, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Marquis of Hastings
Indent No;
Name; William Brooks
Age; 26 [1799]
Trade or calling; Butcher
Trial; 15 May 1825.  Life
Height; 5 ft. 6 3/4 in
Eyes; Blue
Hair; Flaxen
Completion; Pale

Maureen Withey on 26th May, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 May 2021), December 1824, trial of WILLIAM BROOKS (t18241202-73).

WILLIAM BROOKS, Theft > grand larceny, 2nd December 1824.

73. WILLIAM BROOKS was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of November , a trunk, value 10 s., two leather straps, value 1 s., and five gowns, value 5 l. , the goods of Emma Wilbraham , spinster .

WILLIAM BOYDE . I live in Lower Brook-street, with Miss Emma Wilbraham. On Saturday last, the 27th of November, her trunk was taken from behind her carriage. I was on the box - it had been strapped on, with a chain and belt. The carriage was coming into town from Cheshire - we had changed horses at Barnet - the trunk was safe before we got to Whetstone - we missed it when we got to Colson’s hotel. The chain has not been found, but the straps are found, and they are cut - I did not see the prisoner at all. There are five gowns in it.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I am a servant to Lady Guildford. I was sitting on the box of her carriage on Saturday night last, about half-past five o’clock, in Princes-street, Hanover-square - I saw this carriage go by, and two persons following it in the road. I could not distinguish them at that time. I saw them take a trunk from behind the carriage when they were about five yards from me - they drew it over to Brunswick hotel, and one of them knocked or rang at the door - they then assisted each other in putting it on the prisoner’s shoulder, who was one of the two persons who took it from the carriage. I jumped from my box, and followed them. I never lost sight of them - they went together into Hanover-square - I then stopped the prisoner with it on his shoulder - he threw it down, and pointed to his companion, who had ran away. I took him back to the Brunswick Hotel - he was not known there - and was taken into custody. I left the trunk at the hotel - it had a brass plate, with the name of Miss Wilbraham upon it - he said the man who ran away asked him to carry it - I said I should not let him go after him. I gave information to a relation of Miss Wilbraham’s, in Stratton-street. The prisoner then said it was no interest to me, and I might as well let him go.

Prisoner. He said, at Marlborough-street, that there was only one person at the carriage. - Witness. No; I said as I have now.

JOHN TOLLER . I am a chemist and druggist, and live in Conduit-street. On Saturday evening, between five and six o’clock, I was in Princes-street, Hanover-square, and saw the two persons carrying a trunk between them to the rails of Brunswick Hotel - they then lifted it on the prisoner’s shoulder - I followed them to Hanover-square, and saw Williams secure the prisoner.

THOMAS SHORTER . I am a patrol. I was out, and heard of the circumstance, I took the prisoner to the watch-house - the trunk was left at the hotel. We afterwards went back to look for the straps, and found them; and found two keys and a knife on him.

JOHN COLE . I am a constable. I was at the watch-house when the prisoner was brought in, and saw him searched.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 25.

Transported for Seven Years .


ADM 101/50/2
Medical journal of the convict ship Marquis of Hastings for 2 July 1825 to 9 January 1826, which sailed to New South Wales, by G.S. Rutherford, surgeon and superintendent.

Folio 8: William Brooks, aged 25; disease or hurt, pneumonia. Taken ill, 21 October 1825 at Rio De Janiero. Discharged 27 October 1825 cured.

Folios 11-12: William Brooks, aged 25; disease or hurt, rheumatismus. Taken ill, 1 December 1825 at sea. Discharged 18 December 1825 cured.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th April, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 5th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), occupation

Maureen Withey on 26th May, 2021 made the following changes:


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