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William Giddings

William Giddings, one of 186 convicts transported on the Andromeda, 13 November 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Giddings
Aliases: Giddins
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Farm servant
Date of Death: 27th July, 1882
Age: 74 years

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: Attempted murder
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Andromeda
Departure date: 13th November, 1832
Arrival date: 11th March, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 185 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 456
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 28th September, 2013 wrote:

William Giddings/Giddins was 23 years old when convicted.  His surname was actually “Giddins” and most records are listed with that name.

1837: Assigned to Dr Stacy, Peel River.
23/12/1841: TOL Port Macquarie
31/12/1847: CP

William was married to Sarah Ball and had 2 children, in England.

1849: Married Harriet Barwick (1831-1899) and they had 16 children.

27/7/1882: William died aged 73 and is buried with Harriet at St Stephen’s Church of England Cemetery at Kurrajong.

Jon Abbott on 30th May, 2014 wrote:

As my mothers side is giddings my mother being jean giddings and working it all out that is my grt grt granfather from kingscliffe northants.Over the years its come from giddin to giddingsby the way.It sems we had a bad boy in the family with his fighting a pig rustling.

Denis Pember on 10th April, 2017 wrote:

Morning Post Fri 02 Mar 1832 p.4…
James Ball, William Giddings, Robert Payne, and John Cunnington, stood indicted for unlawfully and maliciously cutting and wounding Thomas Rayson and John Wade, with intent to maim, disfigure, and disable them, and to do them some grevious bodily harm; and also with intent to resist and prevent their lawful apprehension and detainer for the offence of poaching; and being found armed with guns and bludgeons, in West Haywood, near Kingscliffe, for the purpose of killing and taking game.
Mr. HILYARD appeared as Counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. MILLER for one of the Prisoners.
The first witness called was Thomas Rayson - Is gamekeeper to the Marquis of Exeter; remembers Tuesday night, the 27th of September; was called up about 10 o’clock, and went to Bransail Wood; it is part forming West Haywood, and is the property of the Marquis of Exeter, and is in his occupation; I am a servant of Lord Exeter, have 12/- a year in wages; John Wade, Robert Shelton, John Southwell, and Joseph Saddington, accompanied me; I heard a gun fire directly; we went the nearest way towards the report; when we got very nigh another gun was fired. One of the party called out “Robert Payne, you’re behind-you’ll have Rayson catch you:” did not know the voice; I and my party came up to the men; they were about nine to twelve in number. I said, “Hallo, my lads, what are you doing now?” Somebody answered. “Hallo, my lads, you’re the chaps we want.” They began to strike with their guns, bludgeons and staves; some used them with one hand and others with two; could not tell how many had guns; they said when they attacked us, “Go it, go it, kill them - murder them”, several voices said so, we retreated 29 or 30 yards, and Wade was knocked down; as we retreated they kept striking. I struck a man ion the left cheek with my stick; he was a stoutish man; I took him to be John Cunnington. I was instantly knocked down with a blow across by nose between my eyes; it was a gun that I believe I was struck with; I was knocked down and blows given me all over my body, and five of six teeth knocked out. I became quite insensible; when I recovered the poachers were gone. I found myself much wounded in my left side and arm. - This witness underwent a very long cross examination by Mr. Miller, but nothing was elicited to affect the case. It appeared the witness was confined to his bed some time.
John Wade was out with the keepers on the night in question; the witness then detailed the meeting with ten or twelve poachers; the Prisoners were four of them.  They placed themselves seven in the front row, and the remainder behind them.  Witness was struck a violent blow upon the forehead, which laid it open, and struck also at the back of the head, and was left on the ground for dead, and was afterwards attended for nine or ten days by two surgeons.  The poachers were extremely violent and escaped; they hallooed after us, and told us that if we followed them they would kill us. Ball and Giddings live in the same house at Kingscliffe.
Several other witnesses were called, and the Jury found a verdict of Guilty against Ball, Giddings, and Paine, and acquitted Cunnington.  Sentence was deferred.
William Giddings, age 25, could read, Protestant, married with 1 male and 1 female child, native place, Northampton, occupation farm servant, convicted for poaching at Northampton Assizes 27 Feb 1832, sentence life, no prior convictions, 5 feet 4 and a half inches tall, dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, scar knuckle of forefinger of right hand, scar ball of right thumb.
Northampton Mercury Sat 15 Sep 1832 p.3..
The following convicts who were sentenced at our late assizes to transportation for life, have been lately removed from our county gaol, and placed on board the York hulk, at Gosport: - William Ball, James Ball, Thomas Minerds, William Giddings, Richard Ariss and Job Blunt.

Phil Hands on 7th March, 2018 wrote:

Married Harriet Berwick (daughter of convict John Berwick, ‘Anne II’ 1810 & his wife Charlotte) on 26th March 1849 at Richmond, they went on to have 16 children between 1848-1875.

William died on 27th July 1882 at Richmond age 74.
Harriet died in 1899 at Grose Vale, in the Hawkesbury District age 68.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 28th September, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1807, date of death 27th July, 1882, gender, occupation, crime

Phil Hands on 6th March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 1807)

Wayne Tomkins on 28th June, 2019 made the following changes:


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