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William Collins

William Collins, one of 200 convicts transported on the Marquis of Wellington, August 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Collins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Marquis of Wellington
Departure date: August, 1814
Arrival date: 27th January, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 172
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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Phil Hands on 17th August, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Surrey Quarter Sessions on 5th October 1813, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 1st September 1814.
Ship:- the ‘Marquis of Wellington’ sailed with 200 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 27th January 1815.

Married convict Elizabeth Hill (‘Northampton’ 1815) on 27th July 1818 at Parramatta, they had 2 children, James 1819 & Thomas 1821. Elizabeth also had a daughter, Anne Newton, who had accompanied her mother from England.

Citation details: Vol 01, Marriages, 1789-1823; 1818, p. 182, no. 611
William Collins, prisoner per Wellington, age 33, of the parish of Parramatta and Elizabeth Hill, prisoner per Northampton, age 28, of ditto were married in this church by banns this 27th day of Jul in the year 1818 by me Samuel Marsden.
William Collins made his X mark and Elizabeth Hill signed the register In the presence of Henry Bussell and Mary Bussell who both made their X marks.

The Australian (Sydney) Friday 16th January 1829 p. 3
A person named William Collins, formerly a licensed publican at the sign of the Royal Oak, in George-street, was charged with illicitly retailing spirituous liquors. Mr. D. Poole conducted the case for the prosecution; Mr. Rowe appeared for the defendant. In consequence of certain information, Jones, the principal evidence, accompanied by the assistant chief constable, and Tigley, a gaol constable, proceeded to the defendant’s house, with a view to make a purchase of spirits. Skinner made it his business to lay in convenient abuscade, near the front of the house, in a commanding situation. The most fitting man to do business was Jones, who, being in disguise, and representing more the outward appearance of a buffoon than one whose errand was of a more se- rious cast, walked in, called for his gill, took a friendly seat, and withal entered into a pleasant chit chat. Having obtained the spirits, he sat down and whetted his lips; when, waiting for an opportunity, which soon presented itself, he poured the remainder of the gill into a bladder. This he managed to bring out of the house, and Skinner immediately pouncing on his prey— secured the bladder with its contents. A defence, by attempting to prove an alibi, was set up; this, however, failed, and the Bench convicted the defendant in the penalty of £25 and costs.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 17th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1785 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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