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William Dunn

William Dunn, one of 322 convicts transported on the Barossa, 09 May 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1829
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1845
Age: 16 years

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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex, Clerkenwell Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Barossa
Departure date: 9th May, 1844
Arrival date: 5th September, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 93 (48)
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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Community Contributions

Tony Cocks on 22nd July, 2016 wrote:

William Dunn was probably born c1830 in the Parish of St.Lukes in the London Borough of Finsbury and in 1841, according to the England Census of that year, was still living there with his Father and Mother, William and May, and his 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters. (1)

Nothing is known of his early life history until he was summoned to appear at the Middlesex (Clerkenwell) Quarter Sessions on 05/04/1842 accused of “Simple Larceny”, found guilty and sentenced to transportation for 7 years.  Then aged 12 he had been employed as a Labourer.  He was initially received at Cold Bath Fields Prison as part of the standard holding arrangements and then, on 04/11/1842, transferred to Parkhurst Prison.  His Gaoler’s Report commented that his character was regarded as “Bad”, that he was single but there was no indication as to whether or not he could read and write.  He was discharged from Parkhurst Prison on 13/04/1844 and sent to Millbank Prison , presumably categorised as “incorrigible” (that is, incapable of reform) and therefore to be transported as an adult convict.(2)

He sailed from the Downs Channel on the East coast of Kent on 17/05/1844 aboard the “Barossa”, disembarking at Hobart on 06/09/1844.(3)  The Surgeon for the voyage, John Gannon, also reported that he was “Bad” and had been flogged both earlier at Parkhurst Prison and on board the “Barossa”.(4)

After disembarkation his Station of Gang was Point Puer, where he was to serve a probationary period of twelve months.  Point Puer, a similar establishment to Parkhurst Prison, had been in operation since December 1833 as part of, but physically separate from, the Port Arthur adult convict complex.  His Conduct Record at Point Puer contains no entries until:

        William Dunn died at Point Puer on 25/08/1845 “His death
        occasioned by the fall of a tree.(5)


(1):  1841 England Census, National Archives, HO107/667/2, pp.26,27.

(2):  Parkhurst Prison Register, The National Archives, HO24/15, p.21

(3):  Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-
      1868, Ancestry.co.uk (On-line database).  See also: McClelland, James, A
      Guide to the Convict & Pioneer Records of Tasmania, Gunnedah, (1994).

(4):    Conduct Record, Archives Office of Tasmania, CON33/59.

(5):    Ibid

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 29th May, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1829, date of death 1845, gender, occupation, crime

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