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William Gyp

William Gyp, one of 299 convicts transported on the Susan, 29 July 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Gyp
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Ploughman/farm labourer
Date of Death: 19th September, 1844
Age: 27 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: Pig stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Susan
Departure date: 29th July, 1837
Arrival date: 21st November, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 301 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 124
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

D Wong on 12th May, 2017 wrote:

Native Place: Bloomfield, Essex.

William was 5’1 1/2” tall, dark brown hair and whiskers, light hazel eyes, single, illiterate.

24/4/1840 Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemen’s Land Gazette:
William Gyp was convicted of being armed and breaking into the dwelling-house of John Porter, at Avoca, about eight o’clock at night, and putting him in fear by menaces and threats. The prisoner was armed with a gun, a blunderbuss and a long pistol, and first proceeded to the hut, whence he took
two of Mr. Porter’s men along with him to the house, and gained admittance by threatening to blow open the door. Mr. Porter was then bound by one of his own men by the prisoner’s direction ; the other men on the farm were then bound, and the prisoner selected several articles, such as tea and tobacco, and put them in the yard. He afterwards untied six of the men to go with hint and carry the plunder. Two of these men, however, Conway and Bough, whose
conduct deserves reward on the part of the (Government), knocked the prisoner down and secured him.
The learned judge ordered the sentence of death to be recorded against him, at the same time informing him, that had any violence been used, even a scratch, his life would not have been spared.

William was then sent to Norfolk Island.

6/6/1844: Returned to VDL per ‘Lady Franklin’ - he was then 30 years old.

19/9/1844: William drowned whilst attempting to escape from Tasmans Peninsula in a canoe.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 12th May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th September, 1844 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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