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Benjamin Burrell

Benjamin Burrell, one of 180 convicts transported on the Norfolk, 15 April 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Burrell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 30th April, 1830
Age: 30 years

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: Burglary
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Norfolk
Departure date: 15th April, 1825
Arrival date: 18th August, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 254
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 13th July, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879
Ship; Norfolk
Age - 30
Died - Hunters River
Date - 1830
Remarks: Executed for Robbery
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) View title info Thu 6 May 1830
Upon the evidence of an approver, Christopher
Harpur, the Jury having retired for about three
quarters of an hour, found the prisoners, Benjamin Burrell, John Burrell, Thomas Sharpe, and Joseph Savage, guilty of the capital felony, and acquitted John Davis and Felix Kearney. They also found Joseph Gassett guilty, as an accessary after the fact, and Mary Gassett guilty of receiving, acquitting Thomas Carroll.
His Honour passed sentence of death upon B.
Burrell, J. Burrell, Thomas Sharpe, and Joseph Savage, and ordered them for execution on such day as His Excellency shall appoint.

D Wong on 13th July, 2020 wrote:

Evening Mail London, England
9 Aug 1824:

John Burrell and Benjamin Burrell were indicted for a burglary and robbery in the dwelling-house of Jane Clapton, at Dunmew, on the night of 16th of May…..They took away a £5 bank-note and 30 sovereigns.

John Burrell was the brother of Benjamin and was also onboard.

Benjamin Burrell was listed as 20 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Essex.

Benjamin was 5’4” tall, fresh freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel gre;y eyes, very well.

30/4/1830: John and Benjamin were both executed for Burglary - Hunter River District.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1830 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 13th July, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 30th April, 1830 (prev. 1830), occupation, crime

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