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William Chapman

William Chapman, one of 300 convicts transported on the Susan, 07 March 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th March, 1810
Occupation: Carman/labourer
Date of Death: 27th September, 1875
Age: 65 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Susan
Departure date: 7th March, 1834
Arrival date: 8th July, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 301 other convicts


Primary source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Ancestry Convict Indents. Old Bailey on line.
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 1st September, 2019 wrote:

William was recorded in 1837 as employed by James (Brown) at Sydney age20.

D Wong on 1st September, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
5th September 1833
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM CHAPMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of August, 1 half-sovereign; 4 half-crowns; 20 shillings; and 2 sixpence, the monies of John Bodger.

JOHN BODGER. I lived at Mr. McGregor’s, a publican at the Horse-guards - the prisoner had lived there before me; I took his situation as pot-boy there - on the 21st of August, early in the morning, I missed thirty-one shillings in silver, and a half-sovereign - I know the prisoner had been there the evening before, and he had asked me to lend him 5s. which I refused to do; he bade me good night, and I saw no more of him - when I went to bed, I put my money in the right hand corner of my box, which stood in the kitchen - I locked the box, put the key into my right-hand waistcoat pocket, and went to bed in the room above the kitchen - in the morning I found the key was in my left pocket - I suspected something; I went to the box, unlocked it, and missed the money stated, 2l. 1s.; 1l. 0s. 6d. was left - when I went to bed I put my waistcoat on a bench by the side of the door, and in the morning the coat and waistcoat had been taken from that bench and put on the other side - I told my mistress when I missed my money, and the prisoner was taken on the 23rd from the information of a soldier, who was on duty, and had seen him get in at a window which leads to one of the tap rooms, from whence he could get to the bed-room and to the kitchen.

Prisoner. Did you not tell me you had not a farthing? Witness. No, I said I had not a farthing to spare - the money all belonged to my master for beer.

COURT. Q. The prisoner had left your master’s family? A. Yes; he had no business in the house at all.

HENRY KIND. I am a private in the 2nd battalion of the 1st regiment of guards. I went on guard on the night in question, at a quarter before twelve o’clock, and at about half-past twelve o’clock the prisoner came to me at my box, near the prosecutor’s door; he asked if the people at the public-house were gone to bed; I said I thought not as there was a light in the house - he said it was of no consequence, he could get in as they had left the window open for him - I thought he lived there, as I knew he had lived there before - he said he had got in at the window before - he opened the window, went in, and shut it down, and I saw no more of him till he was at Bow-street.

EDMUND LARKIN (police-constable T 104). I took the prisoner; I found half-a-crown on him.

Prisoner’s Defence. When I left, the prosecutor told me if I was out of place, to come and sleep there, which I did for six nights - he told me of a situation, which I went and got, but I returned there to sleep that night - I asked him to lend me 5s., which he said he could not, as he had not a farthing in the world - I then borrowed 6d. of a young man and went away - it was impossible for me to get into the bed-room without being heard.

JOHN BODGER. The prisoner was not in the house in the morning, but the window shutters were open, which I had shut too when I went to bed.

GUILTY. Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years.

William Chapman was listed as 19 years old on arrival.

Native place: Suffolk.

William could read, was protestant, single, 5’3” tall, ruddy and little freckled complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, nose thick, small scar outer corner of left eye, large burnt mark right breast, scar back of right hand, several small warts on right thumb, two warts betwixt fore finger and thumb of left hand, wart on same thumb, another inside left wrist.

29/9/1842: COF

1843: Married Charlotte Webster (John Renwick 1838) at St Andrew’s Scots Church, Sydney., they had 7?? children.

Convict Changes History

Wendy Binks on 22nd March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 12th March, 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 27th September, 1875 (prev. 0000)

iain Frazier on 1st September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 309 (156)), gender: m

D Wong on 1st September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837' Ancestry Convict Indents. Old Bailey on line. (prev. 'General return of convicts in New South Wales 1837'), occupation, crime

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