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William Bunn, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 03 September 1820
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Deliverys
3rd September, 1820
28th December, 1820
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 191 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 378
||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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Maureen Withey on 2nd September, 2020 wrote:
HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR has been pleased to approve of the undermentioned Prisoners receiving TICKETS OF LEAVE as a Reward for their good Conduct, in aiding in the Capture of four armed Bushrangers; viz:-
Counties of Cumberland, &c. MELVILLE.
Bunn William, Asia (1)
Robinson Thomas, Recovery (1).
By His Excellency’s Command, ALEXANDER McLEAY.
Sydney Gazette, 22 Sep 1829.
Maureen Withey on 11th January, 2021 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 11 January 2021), June 1820, trial of MICHAEL JONES WILLIAM BUNN (t18200628-141).
MICHAEL JONES, WILLIAM BUNN, Theft > pocketpicking, 28th June 1820.
862. MICHAEL JONES and WILLIAM BUNN were indicted for stealing, on the 8th of June , one watch, value 30 s., the goods of Anthony Smith , from his person.
ANTHONY SMITH . I am in the service of Sir William Burrell , and live in Berkeley-square. On the 8th of June, about seven o’clock in the evening, I was at the corner of Dean-street, South Audley-street , at the time the Queen was there; there was a great crowd - the constable tapped me on the shoulder, and said my watch was gone. I felt and missed it, it was safe about a quarter of an hour before. I assisted him in securing the prisoners - a mob surrounded us, gave me a blow on my head, and knocked my hat off. They were secured at last.
Cross-examined by MR. HONE. Q. You did not feel your watch go - A. No; I was not exactly in the crowd.
THOMAS THOMPSON . I am a constable. I was in South Audley-street, saw the prisoners, and watched them for near half an hour. I saw them go up to Smith; Jones leant his left hand against his right arm, and with his right hand took the watch out, and gave it to Bunn. I stepped over and told Smith his watch was gone, and to follow me. I ran and seized Bunn, he had his left hand in his breeches pocket. I pulled it out, seized it with the watch in it, and took it from him - several desperate characters tried to rescue him - we kept him at the risk of our lives, and at last got him to the watch-house. Smith assisted in securing Jones; one of them struck me over the head, and said nobody should take him.
CHARLES READ . I am an assistant at Hatton-garden. I saw Jones take the watch and deliver it to Bunn. I secured Jones, he immediately struck me, and asked what I wanted - there was a great resistance. More officers came up and assisted. Several well-known characters endeavoured to rescue him. He said he would have killed me.
JOHN DAVIS . I am an officer. I was known by the bad characters, and kept back from their view till I saw them laid hold of. I then advanced and assisted - there was a desperate resistance. I was obliged to produce my pistol; we were struck in all quarters. Jones said in the way to the watch-house, that two or three of us should not have secured him.
WILLIAM LEE . I assisted in securing the prisoner with great difficulty. I struck Jones over the head, and took him. There were a great many thieves there.
CHARLES JONES . I assisted in securing the prisoner.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
BUNN’S Defence. Jones was not in my company.
JONES - GUILTY . Aged 20.
BUNN - GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Life .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 2nd September, 2020 made the following changes: