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William Burns

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Burns
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1824
Occupation: Soldier/labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Insubordination
Convicted at: Delhi General Court Martial
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Gazelle
Departure date: 6th February, 1848
Arrival date: 7th April, 1848
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 7 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts.
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th January, 2014 wrote:

William Burns was convicted at Umballa/Ambala, a district of Delhi, India for insubordination - strick a superior officer by throwing a brick at Sgt. Dunn. 61st Regiment.  14yr transportation sentence. Transported from Calcutta to Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Gazelle’, arriving 07/04/1848.

Aged 24yrs; 5’7”; soldier/labourer; Protestant; can read & write; sallow complexion; black hair; brown eyes; single man. Native place of birth - Stockport, Cheshire. Previously in the 35th Regiment.

14 months Probation at Cascades (south Hobart).

Ticket of Leave 26/12/1854
Conditional Pardon 29/09/1857
Certificate of Freedom 08/10/1863

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th January, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts. (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Burns, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1824, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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