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William Chapman

William Chapman, one of 200 convicts transported on the Albion, 17 May 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Chapman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Shoemaker
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: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Albion
Departure date: 17th May, 1823
Arrival date: 21st October, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 53 (28)
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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Maureen Withey on 5th August, 2019 wrote:

Hobart Town Gazette, 15 Sept 1827
List of Runaways
667. Chapman, William, 5 ft. 5, brown hair, grey eyes, aged twenty-three, silversmith, tried at Middlesex 1822, 7 years per Albion, native of Whitechapel, a woman and scar on right arm, man, W O on left, absconded from Public works, Launceston, in June last Same reward. (£2).

Maureen Withey on 1st May, 2021 wrote:

National Archives.
Albion 1823. Surgeon’s Medical Journal . ADM 101/1/8B/11823
Folios 5-9: List of 200 convicts embarked on board the ship from HM hulks Leviathan and York, 8 May 1823, (names and details follow), also includes gaoler character references (not recorded below): 
Folio 6: William Chapman, aged 19, convict, trade shoemaker; where born unknown, offence, stealing; date of conviction 11 September 1822, where convicted, Old Bailey.


Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 May 2021), September 1822, trial of WILLIAM CHAPMAN (t18220911-307).
WILLIAM CHAPMAN, Theft > grand larceny, 11th September 1822.

1452. WILLIAM CHAPMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of August , one pair of boots, value 2 s. , the goods of James Ruffell .

JAMES DALLEMORE . I am servant to James Ruffell , who lives in the Commercial-road . On the 31st of August, about half-past seven o’clock, I saw these boots on the top of the landing-place, and missed them in half an hour.

JOSEPH DEAS . I am a baker, and live in the Commercial-road. On the 31st of August, at eight o’clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner come out of Ruffell’s house, with the boots in a small flag basket; another man was talking to him. I saw him return in about three minutes, and go into the house again, without the boots; he still had the basket. He and the other man had walked in Daglish-street together.

WILLIAM PRICE . I am a cabinet-maker, and live in George-street, Commercial-road. At half past eight o’clock I was at my door; I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw the prisoner run across the street, and throw a basket into a passage. I followed and took him, and on returning with him, a woman gave me the basket.

THOMAS SUMNERS . I am headborough. On the 3d of September I received information, and went to Mrs. Coursey’s in George-street; she produced the boots. She is not here.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. I am a shoemaker out of work, and took to selling pens and pencils in the street. I saw a man with a basket in his hand; a gentleman caught hold of me, and said I was the thief.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th August, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Maureen Withey on 1st May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), occupation

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