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William Harris

William Harris, one of 180 convicts transported on the Dunvegan Castle, 28 September 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Harris
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 30th November, 1811
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dunvegan Castle
Departure date: 28th September, 1829
Arrival date: 13th March, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 198
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

Jim Webb on 21st February, 2013 wrote:

William Harris was assigned to Andrew Gibson in the Argyle District in 1830.

Ticket of Leave issued by Goulburn District Magistrate on 26 July 1834.

Pardon issued 1835.

Married Mary Clarkson, daughter of Thomas Clarkson, at Goulburn on 3 February 1840.

William works as a carrier, then builder in Goulburn before moving to Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.

Around 1848/49 William, Mary and their 3 young children move to the Clarence River District.

A further 12 children were born in and around Grafton.

Mary Harris nee Clarkson died 16 November 1863 at their home in Prince Street, Grafton.

The details of William’s death remain a mystery.  After his wife’s death William left the district leaving the remaining younger children in the care of daughter Mary Ann who married Christian Riley in 1865 at Grafton.

One possible death could be in 1873 at Tillbuster Creek, near Armidale where a William Harris aged about 60 died in an accident when struck by a falling tree and was buried at the spot.  No details where able to be recorded on the death certificate.

The William Harris whose death was registered at Richmond River on 25 August 1868 is a different person as can be seen by the details on his death certificate.

Denis Pember on 15th December, 2020 wrote:

Tried at the Old Bailey, on 11th September 1828.
Old Bailey trial Transcript: t18280911-359.
William was at the time working for one James Ralph as a servant for a period of six weeks.  He had a very good record and Mr. Ralph was most surprised when he discovered that he had stolen a watch, a pair of sugar tongs and 4 spoons. Total value about £4.
He was found guilty and sentenced to be transported for 7 years. (aged 19)

Convict Changes History

Jim Webb on 21st February, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 30th November, 1811, occupation, crime

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