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William Chapman

William Chapman, one of 188 convicts transported on the Atlas, 16 January 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Chimney sweep
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Lincoln Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 16th January, 1816
Arrival date*: 16th September, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 196 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Maree Shilling 'Early Newcastle-The Fettered and the Free' James McClelland's researches & 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 1798.
He was a chimney sweep age18 5’2” pale, hair brown, eyes hazel when sentenced.
He was recorded at musters in 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825 & 1828; in 1822 a stonemason, in 1823 a Protestant, in 1823-25 at Port Macquarie, in 1828 at Port Stephens labourer with A A Co.
In 1830 he is recorded as stonemason, limeburer with a daughter Emma (born in colony) at Newcastle.

D Wong on 9th September, 2019 wrote:

Stamford Mercury Lincolnshire, England
21 Jul 1815:
Lincolnshire Assizes
WILLIAM CHAPMAN, aged 17, late of Alnwick, was indicted on a charge of having stolen two pence from the person of Elizabeth Johnson.— Elizabeth Johnson, aged 11 years, related that some time in the month of May, she had been walking with two of her sisters towards Ruskington, and was returning towards Alnwick with one of them, only 5 or 6 years old; in the close next to the beek they met the chimney-sweep, Chapman, who asked witness where she was going, seized hold of her, threw her down, and terrified her exceedingly.  Prisoner got upon her, proceeded to acts of violence and took two pence out of her pocket.  Her little sister ran home to alarm her friends ; and when witness was left by the prisoner and was returning homewards, she met her father.  On leaving her, the sweep gave her a violent kick on the thigh.___The girl’s mother, Rebecca Johnson, stated that she sent her with others of her children to Ruskington on the 19th of May, and saw her come home very alarmed and much dirted with soot, bearing proofs that a very violent assault had been made on her.
The father, Abraham Johnson, went after the prisoner, and found him at the house of William Clattercotes, in Ruskington, and on charging him with the offence of stealing 2d. the prisoner said it was “only three half-pence.”
The prisoner in his defence said that he offered to return the 2d. to the girl again : this was, however, denied on her part.___Guilty, Death.__Left for execution.

Convicts Details




Highway robbery

Place of Crime:


Trial Date:

Death, commuted to life


New South Wales

Transportation Date:

Colonial Secretary Index:
CHAPMAN, William. Per “Atlas”, 1816

1816 Jul 29: 
On list of convicts disembarked from the “Atlas” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.62)

1819 Apr 20:  On list of prisoners sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.88)

1823 May 14:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.44, 406-7)

Newcastle Gaol Entrance Book - State Archives NSW; Roll: 757
14/10/1835: Labourer from Lincoln. Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Brandon. Ordered to be sent to the Argyle district the man being found at large.

1840: TOL, Argyle.

1841: TOL, Port Philip.

Convict Changes History

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

source: Maree Shilling 'Early Newcastle-The Fettered and the Free' James McClelland's researches & musters (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 247 (125)), gender: m

D Wong on 9th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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