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William Francis

William Francis, one of 250 convicts transported on the Surrey, 16 March 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Francis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Coachman
Date of Death: 11th September, 1846
Age: 45 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 16th March, 1842
Arrival date: 11th August, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 253 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 32
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 5th September, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
WILLIAM FRANCIS, Theft > simple larceny, 10th May 1841.

Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation WILLIAM FRANCIS was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April, 1 coat, value 1s. 6d., the goods of Richard Brown.

RICHARD BROWN. I live in Bedford-street. On Wednesday night, the 7th of April, I was at the Black Bull public-house, Holborn—I had been cleaning the paint—after I had done it I had some bread and meat and porter—the prisoner came in, and asked for relief—I gave him some of the bread and meat and beet—he then went and sat down by the fire, by the side of which was a cupboard, containing my coat, with some letters in it—he sat a bit, and then went away—in half an hour I missed my coat—I did not know who had taken it, but seeing the prisoner come in without a bundle, and go out with one, I went in search of him—I found him on Saffron-hill—the letters which had been in my coat were found in his pocket, but the coat was gone.
Prisoner. Q. Did you see the coat in my possession? A. No—I saw you with a bundle—you had no bundle when you came in.
Prisoner. I had. I went in for half a pint of beer, and sat down by the fire. I found the letters in a piece of paper by the fire.
NOAH STONE (police-constable G 56.) I took the prisoner, and found these four letters in his pocket, which the prosecutor identified the moment I took them out—I asked the prisoner how he got them—he said he found them in the street.
Prisoner. You came to me at Hatton-garden, and said, “If you had the coat, if you give the man money, I will let you go.” Witness. I did not.
Prisoner’s Defence. I never went to the cupboard. I never knew there was a cupboard there. I picked the letters up in the tap-room.
GUILTY .* Aged 40.— Transported for Seven Years.

Willim Francis was listed as 41 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for ‘Stealing a great coat’.

William was born at St. Martins, he was 5’4” tall, fresh complexion, black hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, can read, single.

Brothers: Thomas, Henry - at Huntingdon
Sister: Mary at Yarmouth.

11/9/1846: William died at the General Hospital, Hobart, aged 46.

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 8th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1801, date of death 1846, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 5th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 11th September, 1846 (prev. 1846), crime

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