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William Curtis

William Curtis, one of 160 convicts transported on the Thames, 27 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Curtis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 27th October, 1829
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Wilts Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Thames
Departure date: 27th July, 1829
Arrival date: 21st November, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 136
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 14th July, 2019 wrote:

The following prisoners were sentenced to Death. ….Wm Curtis and Joseph Curtis, for stealing a sheep belonging to the Marquess of Bath - … Salisbury journal, 17 Mar 1828

Salisbury.  The following prisoners, sentenced to transportation for life, were on Wednesday removed from Fisherton Gaol on board the York hulk, Gosport, viz. Alford Bridges, John Walborne, John Moody, John Trapp, Elijah Daniels, R.O. Golway, Wm. Saunders, Geo. Phillimore, Jonas Buckland, Wm. Sheppard, Wm. Baverstock, Geo. Fry, Wm. Curtis, Joseph Curtis, and Solomon Somers. - Samuel Freestone, sentenced to 14 years transportation, at the last Wilts quarter sessions, was also removed to the York hulk the same time.
Salisbury Journal, 19 May 1828

Hulk Report. HO9-9-3   page 39.

Wm. curtis, 25, Sheep stealing, Convicted at New Sarum 8 Mar 1828, sentence- Life. Left hulk for NSW, 20 Jul 1829.

Josh. Curtis, 24, Sheep stealing, Convicted at New Sarum, 8 Mar 1828, sentence- Life. Left hulk 9 Dec 1828.
Joseph Curtis was transported to Burmuda, where convicts were used to build the dock yard there.

Several of the other Wiltshire convicts above, were also sent to Bermuda as convicts.

Maureen Withey on 14th July, 2019 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record.
Wm Curtis (Wilts, 8 Mar 1828) died at sea on the passage on 27 October 1829.

Maureen Withey on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

National Archives. Reference: ADM 101/71/3 . Medical and surgical journal of His Majesty’s convict ship Thames for 17 June to 23 November 1829 by Thomas Bell, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed on a voyage to Van Dieman’s Land.

Folios 8-11: William Curtis, aged 29, convict; case number 6; disease or hurt, dysentary. Put on sick list, 20 October 1829 at sea. Died 27 October 1829.
Folios 22-24: Surgeon’s general remarks.
… The two prisoners who died on the voyage, the first William Curtis aged 25 was of a very low and desponding state of mind owing principally to his having left a wife and two young children behind him. He suffered this circumstance to operate so powerfully on his mind that it was with the greatest difficulty he could be prevailed upon to take any exercise and I was necessitated to use force to get him on deck when he would observe to me there was nothing the matter. ...

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th July, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Maureen Withey on 14th July, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 27th October, 1829 (prev. 0000)

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