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Richard Havelan

Richard Havelan, one of 306 convicts transported on the Corona, 13 October 1866

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Havelan
Aliases: Havlin, Richard Haviland, William Havlin, Haveland
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1874
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 20 years

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: Corona
Departure date: 13th October, 1866
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1866
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 169 (87)
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 26th June, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Killing: murder.
8th May 1865

Sentence Imprisonment > penal servitude

RICHARD HAVILAND (59), Was indicted for and charged on the Coroner’s inquisition with the wilful murder of John Davis.

MR. ORRIDGE conducted the Prosecution, and MR. LILLEY the Defence.

RICHARD NEWMAN. I am a labourer and live at 5, Brittannia-place, Hatcham, New Town—in October last the prisoner lodged with me, the deceased Davis, and a man named Bailey also—they were all labourers, working on the rail way—on Saturday night, 29th October, I was in my room I with my wife, Bailey and Davis came in, they had half a gallon of beer—Bailey said to ray wife that wherever he lodged before, his landlady had always paid for a pot of beer—she said, “I do not mind being a pot to your pot, “they sent for the beer—the prisoner and his wife came in—I
offered the prisoner a glass of beer—Bailey jumped up and said, “I helped pay for that and he shall not have any”—I said, “What is the reason?”—he said, “There is a reason, he shall not drink any of it”—the prisoner said, “Perhaps when this is out the landlord and I can have a pot together”—Bailey said, “I do not say muck about that”—when the beer was out, the prisoner and I sent for another pot, and while drinking it they kept falling out about the beer—the prisoner struck at Bailey and Bailey struck at him again, and caught him on the jaw and fell down in front of the bar, saying, “Oh, my jaw is broken, is there no one that will help me”—I said, “I will not have such a disturbance in my house”—Davis sat in a chair against the window and never interfered at all—the prisoner got up and took the poker to strike Bailey across the head—my wife caught hold of it and said, “I will have none of this work”—I took the poker from his hand and put it down—the prisoner and Bailey shook hands after that and drank togather, and said that they were very sorry for what had happened—Bailey went and sat against Davis who was asleep, and while there the prisoner stood out in the room and was talking a little to his wife, and went out and came back again and stood behind Davis, and I saw his hands come down two or three times sharp, and I saw the blood pour straight out of Davis’s head—the three blows came across Bailey’s head—I jumped up and said, “Good God, what is the matter?”—I saw Newman map the poker out of the prisoner’s hand—Bailey got up and was going to strike me, thinking I had done it, as I stood behind him—the prisoner was then just going out at the door—Bailey ran to the door and called him—they had a fight at the door—I shoved them both out of doors, they came in again and were fighting in the passage—my wife and I got between them and I got the prisoner into the room—he was drunk and could not walk without staggering—Bailey had had too much beer, but was not so much drunk as the prisoner, Davis was much the same, but he had not been in my house, he interfered with nobody—my wife washed and dressed Davis’s head—a doctor was sent for; the prisoner remained in his room all night; he was backwards and forwards for a week afterwards—Davis went to work two days afterwards—he was taken to the hospital on the Sunday week after this happened, and died on the Wednesday following—the prisoner came up and saw him before he left, and said, “Poor fellow, I am sorry to Bee him like this, I am sorry it happened, I will go to my ganger and draw a few shillings and give him to help him, “but he never came back any more—while the quarrelling was going on, the prisoner’s wife began at Bailey about hitting her husband on the jaw and not letting him have the beer—Bailey said, “What has that to do with you, you Irish w—?”—that was said loud enough for the prisoner to hear—it must have been twenty or twenty-four minutes after that that the blow was struck.

Cross-examined. Q. Were not the prisoner and Davis always very good friends? A. Yes; just like two brothers, we all four worked at the same job, Davis was a very quiet man—the prisoner has lodged with me seven weeks; I never had a quieter man in the house when sober—Davis and Bailey were sitting close together at the time this blow was struck, not above two feet and a half apart, and their heads were inclining towards each other—I think the prisoner meant to hit Bailey and hit Davis in mistake—this (produced) is not the poker it was done with—there was only one candle in the room.

JOHN NEWMAN. I live with my uncle the last witness—I took the poker from the prisoner and gave it to the landlady—I do not know whether this is it—I did not see the prisoner take it up, but I saw him strike Bailey and Davis with it.

Mrs. NEWMAN. I am the wife of Richard Newman, my nephew gave me the poker, I saw him take it from the prisoner, I put it down, the policeman afterwards had it, this is it—I was in the room from the commencement of the row and saw the prisoner strike the blow, he bit both Davis and Bailey—Davis went to work on the Wednesday and Thursday and then said that he could not go any more, he went to the hospital and died there—he was as quiet and harmless a man as ever came into a house—they were all of them tipsy at this time.

JOHN ANDERSON. I am a surgeon of New Cross-road, Hatcham—I was called in on Saturday about twelve o’clock, and saw the deceased bleeding profusely from a wound on the top of his head—he was covered with bandages which I removed and found a wound of the temporal artery, which caused the bleeding, it was about two inches long and down to the bone—I saw him next morning, and told him he must go to the hospital, he refused to go—I attended him next day and the following day he came and said that he must go to work—I told him he could not he must go to the hospital, he was obstinate and would not go—he got worse each day and on Sunday became insensible—we then sent him to the hospital and he there died—I was present at the post mortem examination—I have no doubt his death was caused by inflammation arising from the injury—this poker would produce the wound.

Cross-examined. Q. Supposing your directions had been complied with, and that he had been taken to the hospital and received proper care and attention, do you think the inflammation would have supervened? A. I think in all probability he would have recovered.

EDWARD REYNELL REA. I was house-surgeon at Guy’s-hospital on 6th November when Davis was brought there, he was in a semi-comatose state—there was a wound on the left side of his head, in a very unhealthy condition with the bone bare—he gradually grew worse, and died on the Wednesday from inflammation of the membranes of the brain arising from the wound.

JAMES FOOKES. I am a sergeant in the 1st battalion of Grenadier Guards—on 7th April I saw the prisoner in Hyde-park—my attention was called to him by a man named Reason, who was on sentry at the time—I went up to him and asked if his name was Haviland, he said “Yes”—I asked him if he remembered some five or six days ago a man of that name committing a murder somewhere near Peckham—he said, “I am not the man”—I said, “I shall put you in the guard-room on suspicion, “which I did—he afterwards said to me at the Marlborough police-court, “Mr. Sergeant, you won’t get a medal for this, you are too fast.”

JOHN WEEVIL (Policeman, 371). I heard of this offence on 7th November, but could not find the prisoner, he was out of the way and Davis I refused to make any charge against him.

The prisoner’s statement before the Magistrate:—“All I wish to say is, I am very sorry Davis happened to be the man I fait, because he and I were I like two brothers together; the man I meant to hit was the other man who struck my wife, and gave her a slight black eye and called her a b——Irish w——; I am certain she never knew man from woman before she had me—I was drunk at the time and so were we all.

GUILTY of manslaughter.

Twenty Years’ Penal Servitude.

Tried as Richard Haviland.
Listed as William Havlin AKA Richard Haveland on Members.iinet.net.au and on the Fremantle Prison database.

Birth dates of 1806 and 1813 listed.

Listed as 59 years old at the Old Bailey trial and 52 years old on arrival in WA - also listed as a widower, so his wife must have died since his trial.

William/Richard was a labourer, had 2 children, was 5’11½” tall, light hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion, middling stout.

1874: WA BDM - died as Richard Haviland, aged 61.

Convict Changes History

Havlin on 26th June, 2018 made the following changes:

surname: Havlin (prev. Havelan), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 26th June, 2018 made the following changes:

surname: Havelan (prev. Havlin), alias1: Havlin, alias2: Richard Haviland, alias3: William Havlin, alias4: Haveland, date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1874 (prev. 0000), occupation

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