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William Hartlin

William Hartlin, one of 176 convicts transported on the Mary, 28 August 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Hartlin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Cooper
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 28th August, 1821
Arrival date: 23rd January, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 95 (49)
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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Maureen Withey on 30th March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 March 2020), April 1821, trial of WILLIAM HARTLIN (t18210411-110).
WILLIAM HARTLIN, Theft > grand larceny, 11th April 1821.

596. WILLIAM HARTLIN was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of March , one box, value 2 s., the goods of Francis Smith ; and one box, value 2 s., and twelve printed bound books, value 20 s. , the goods of Henry Colbourn and Simon Saunders .

SIMON SAUNDERS . I am a bookseller , in partnership with Henry Colbourn . I only know the property.

GEORGE LEDGER . I am a carrier, and live at West Horsley, Surry. I had two boxes of books in my cart, on the 1st of March. When I got to the corner of Air-street, Piccadilly , I went into a shop for some things, a man ran in, and said my cart had been robbed; I ran out, the prisoner was brought back, and Smith brought the trunk back. Two trunks were stolen from cart.

JOHN SMITH . I am carman to Mr. Godfrey, of Piccadilly. I saw the prisoner take the trunk out of the cart. I followed and caught him about a hundred yards off, with it on his back.

GEORGE AVIS . Smith gave me the trunk; I saw him take it off the prisoner’s back. The prisoner ran away - I followed, and secured him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner’s Defence. A man asked where he could get a porter. I said I wanted a job, he gave me the box to carry, then struck me, and charged me with stealing it.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
William Hartlin went to Moreton Bay as a volunteer, to work on the construction of the penal settlement.
Moreton Bay Prisoner Register.
William Hartlan, per Mary 2, tried at Middlesex 11 Apr 1821, 7years. Trade - Cooper. No details of any Colonial Conviction. Run 12 January 1826.
Description: Hartlin Wm., native of London, age 23, 5 ft 5. dark comp, brown hair, grey eyes.

Following his runing away with 6 other prisoners, he was mentioned in the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence

Monthly return of convicts Received, Died, discharged or Run at Moreton Bay from 25 Dec 1825 to 24th Jan 1826 inclusively.
William Hartland – Mary 2.

Letter re prisoner escapees from Moreton Bay dated 1826 02. 27
Lists six men, including William Hartland.

Letter dated 1826 08.28. f rom Commandant of Port Macquarie to Governor.
Indents of Crown Prisoners, Runaways from Moreton Bay apprehended at this
Station and now forwarded to Head Quarters on board the Colonial Brig “Mary
Elizabeth” in compliance with instructions dated 18th Inst.
John Walsh/ “Minerva” 4 – mariner
Charles Penny/ “Speke” – labourer
William Hartland/ “Mary”
Lewis Lazarus/ “Isabella” – labourer

Letter dated 1826.11.27
3 of the escaped prisoners returned to Moreton Bay.
Hartland in gaol, was volunteer at Moreton Bay – ordered to Hyde Park Barracks – letters to Sher
iff and Princ. Supt. Of Convicts.
Public Notice.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates of Freedom, during the last
Week : viz. 
Mary (2) – William Hartlin.
Sydney Gazette, 23 Apr 1828.

Maureen Withey on 31st March, 2020 wrote:

He was one of the first group of 29 convicts to go to Moreton Bay on the Amity which departed Sydney on the 1st September 1824, bound for Moreton Bay.  Many of them had skills which would be useful in establishing a new settlement. They arrived at Redcliffe 12th September, and set up temporary huts and gardens to plant vegetables.  They did not feel the site was very suitable, so by May 1825, the settlement was moved to Brisbane, a few miles upstream.
Many of the convicts were volunteers who hoped to gain their ticket-of-leave as a reward for helping to establish the new penal colony.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 30th March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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