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William Chapman

William Chapman, one of 278 convicts transported on the Admiral Gambier and Eolus [Aeolus], July 1808

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Devon, Plymouth Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Admiral Gambier and Aeolus
Departure date: July, 1808
Arrival date: 20th December, 1808
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 279 other convicts


Primary source: Jack Walton 'Last Farewell-Devon Convicts 1782-1821' & musters
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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iain Frazier on 9th September, 2019 wrote:

William was born about 1779.  He was recorded at musters in 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825 & 1828.  He was Free by Servitude by 1822 & a painter.  From 1823 he was a painter & in 1828 he was age49 Protestant of Pitt Town labourer with Jno (Kerr).

D Wong on 9th September, 2019 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index:
CHAPMAN, William. Per “Admiral Gambier”, 1808

1818 Apr 18:  On list of runaways returned from India per “Greyhound” (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.164)

1818 Apr 25:  General Order re return to Colony after absconding and additional sentence (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.463-4)

1818 Jun 8:  Convict runaway returned per “Greyhound” from India (Reel 6018; 4/3521 p.182)

1822 Jun 24:  Affidavit re loss of certificate of freedom (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.6)

1822 Aug 12:  Affidavit of F Fieudard and J Foster that he came with them on the “Admiral Gambier” (Reel 6028; 4/1690 p.6)

1823 Sep 11:  Affidavit re loss of his certificate of freedom (Reel 6026; 4/1713 pp.99-100)

1825 Sep 30:  Convicted of manslaughter; to be transported for two years. On return of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Fiche 3298; X727 p.13)

1825 Oct 15:  Tried for murder; convicted of manslaughter. On return of prisoners tried, convicted and sentenced by the Supreme Court (Fiche 3298; X730 p.19)

2/6/1825 Sydney Gazette:
On Sunday last an Inquest was held on the body of Sarah Allen (or Hellen), who met her death on Saturday night last, in consequence of a quarrel between her and her intended husband, Wm. Chapman.—It appeared Chapman was drinking in the Green Man Public-house that night, where the deceased followed him about 8 o’clock; when Chapman (being offended with such a liberty) abused the unfortunate creature in very foul language;—knocked her down, and kicked her while down;—the unfortunate woman was ultimately conveyed home in a wheel-barrow, in a dying state, as from the injuries received she was unable to walk home, on Sunday morning the poor woman was a corpse.
It would seem that the deceased came by her death in consequence of the effusion of blood from a kick given by Chapman, in the heat of passion caused by her following him to the Public-house. The Inquest sat until 4 o’clock, and after viewing the body, and the scene where the quarrel originated (the Green Man), a Verdict was returned to the effect following:—
“Deceased met her death in consquence of blows, and ill-treatment received from William Chapman.”—
Query. Is he not to be tried for such brutality!

At the Inquest: The Jury returned
the following verdict: — “We are of opinion that the deceased met with her death from blows inflicted by William Chapman,” who was immediately upon the verdict being given, taken into custody.

17/10/1825: Sydney Gazette:
Supreme Criminal Court
Before the Chief Justices.
The following prisoners received sentence :—
William Chapman, for manslaughter to be transported to Port Macquarie for 2 years.

15/10/1827: COF

22/10/1827 The Sydney Gazette:
Certificate of Freedom “Admiral Gambier” – William Chapman – (From a Colonial Sentence).

Maureen Withey on 10th September, 2019 wrote:

Saturday, 25th April, 1818.
Civil Department.
WHEREAS Thomas McCann, a Convict under Sentence of Transportation for Life, who arrived by the Ship Minorca in the Year 1801 ; and Henry Headley, also a Convict under Sentence of Transportation for fourteen Years, who arrived by the Ship Duke of Portland in 1807, obtained Conditional Pardons, bearing Date respectively the 4th of February, 1812, and the 1st of March, 1811.
And whereas the said Thomas M’Cann and Henry Headley, not regarding the express Condition whereon the said Pardons were extended to them; but in Disobedience to and Violation of the same, absconded from this Territory in the Year 1814; and having been apprehended and returned hither by Order of the Government of India per the Brig Greyhound, which arrived on the 4th Instant ; It is hereby publicly notified, by Order of His EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR, that the said Conditional Pardons, so forfeited, are cancelled as null and void.
And the said Thomas M’Cann and Henry Headley are each of them henceforth to be considered as Convicts, “for and during the Term of their original Sentence or Order of Transportation, or as if said Remissions had never been granted.”
And whereas the two following Persons, under limited Periods of Transportation, effected their Escapes from this Colony on board the Ship Windham, on the 5th of June, 1814, and have been in like Manner apprehended and returned hither ; namely, William Chapman, Convict for seven Years, arrived per Ship Admiral Gambier in 1808 ; and Charles Riley, Convict for seven Years, arrived per Ship Guildford in 1812:-And the said William Chapman and Charles Riley, having thereby deserted from the Services to which they were respectively assigned to this Government, for the unexpired Periods of their original Sentences of Transportation ; it is ordered and directed, by the authority aforesaid, that they and each of them do now fulfil and make good the omitted Terms of their Servitude ; and as a Punishment for their said Offence, His EXCELLENCY is pleased to order and direct, that each of them shall be continued and considered, after the Expiration of his Sentence for the full and complete Term of one Year, as a Prisoner of the Crown, in like Manner as if his original Sentence had not expired.
By His Excellency’s Command,
J. T. Campbell, Secretary.
Reported in the Hobart Town Gazette, 13 June 1818.

Convict Changes History

iain Frazier on 9th September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Jack Walton 'Last Farewell-Devon Convicts 1782-1821' & musters (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 406), gender: m

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