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William Burnett, one of 220 convicts transported on the George the Third, 12 December 1834
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 490
||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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greg petersen on 31st January, 2017 wrote:
Extract of Home Office transportation registers (The National Archives microfilm HO11)
William Burnett; Lancaster Session Peace?; 22-5-1834; Life; Drowned
A convict eyewitness related to George Loveless (another convict & Tolpuddle Martyr) that when the ship struck, the prisoners were all locked below immediately. “the bottom of the ship was fast filling with water; they called aloud to have the hatches opened, but to no purpose; and when they were up to their middles in water, they rushed forward and burst open the hatches and endeavoured to ascend the ladder; the soldiers, however, at the top fired on them and killed many; others had their throats cut with cutlasses. The man who was going up by my side, was shot, but I escaped….only eighty-one of the whole shipload was taken on shore alive, and a great number of them were so emaciated and crippled, that they were obliged to carry them to hospital.”
Convict Changes History
greg petersen on 31st January, 2017 made the following changes:
date of death: 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: m