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William Burke

William Burke, one of 250 convicts transported on the Larkins, 24 July 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Burke
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Soldier
Date of Death: 1844
Age: 49 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Larkins
Departure date: 24th July, 1817
Arrival date: 22nd November, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 365 (184)
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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Anonymous on 8th October, 2011 wrote:

William Burke arrived on the "Larkin" as a convict and was working as custom excise officer in 1823 at 100 pound per year. He married Bridget Thornton in 1826 and they had two daughters, and a son. His second daughter Emma born 1830 married James Cooper Ex convict at Goulburn in1846 . William died at Sydney in 1844 William was my gr/gr grandfather…. Adrian Cooper Email patngus1@bigpond.com

Ken Ray on 30th November, 2018 wrote:

Born in Limerick, Ireland

D Wong on 1st December, 2018 wrote:

10/3/1817 Hampshire Chronicle:
John Brown and William Burke, charged with a highway robbery on the person of Peter Chamberlain, at Alverstoke, pleaded guilty - Death.

William Burke was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Limerick.

Occupation: Soldier/Servant.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
BURKE, William. Per “Larkins”, 1817
1817 Dec 2:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Larkins” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.192)

1826: Married Bridget Thornton, came free per ‘Woodman’ 1823.
1827: Amelia Burke
1830–1880: Emma Burke
1833–1886: William Burke

1844: William Burke died in Sydney, NSW.

8/8/1844 The Sydney Morning Herald:
THE Friends of the late Mr. William Burke are respectfully solicited to attend his funeral, which will take place This Day at half-past two o’clock precisely.
The procession will move from the residence of Mr. Thomas Place, Argyle-street.
August 8.

Convict Changes History

Ken Ray on 30th November, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 1st December, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 1844 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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