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William Dunn

William Dunn, one of 200 convicts transported on the John, 26 January 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 26th November, 1839
Age: 35 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Desertion from army
Convicted at: Manchester Court Martial
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 26th January, 1832
Arrival date: 8th June, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 263 (132)
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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D Wong on 11th March, 2013 wrote:

William Dunn was 28 years old on arrival, his native place was Donegal, Ireland, and his occupation was “Ploughman/Soldier/Officer’s Servant.

1838: TOL Goulburn.

26/11/1839: William died at Goulburn Hospital.

From Australian Police On 15th November, 1839 the Constable William Dunn was shot to death at Berrima while making an arrest.  At the trial of Thomas Leary, alias Sutton, in April 1841 witness Constable Cassidy told the court that on the day of the incident, myself and the deceased (Dunn) were looking for bushrangers, on seeing the prisoner and another man within fifty yards of the hut where witness and deceased stopped: deceased challenged them, on which the prisoner dropped on his knees, and on the deceased desiring him to stand up he did so; prisoner then said to deceased, who was about to handcuff him, do not hurt my hands, and immediately fired a pistol at the deceased, the ball of which passed into his head over the left eye; witness then fired at the prisoner.

Constable Dunn died eleven days later from the effects of the wound.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th March, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1804, date of death 26th November, 1839, gender, occupation, crime

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