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William Hayward

William Hayward, one of 156 convicts transported on the Arab, 03 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Hayward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 19th February, 1827
Age: 33 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 Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Arab
Departure date: 3rd July, 1822
Arrival date: 6th November, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 184
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 6th January, 2020 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-18$init=CON31-1-18p158
Tried 30 Mar 1822, for Highway robbery.
Executed 19 Feb 1827.

Supreme Court, Ciminal Side, Launceston.
FRIDAY.-William Haywood was tried for shooting Christopher McRae,“Under the Western Tier. The only evidence against the prisoner was, a woman to whom he confessed the perpetration of the deed. She deposed, that she desired him to bring the body ; and, it appeared in evidence, that he took a spade and did so, after partly burning it.- Guilty.
Colonial Times, 2 Feb 1827.

Criminal Court Launceston.  Friday.
William Haywood was charged with the murder of Mr. Christopher MacRae, a settler, on the 28th of January, 1826. Mr Gellibrand, at the request of the Court, undertook to defend him, and at half past one on Saturday morning the Jury returned a verdict of Guilty.
Hobart Town Gazette, 3 Feb 1827.

Criminal Side, Wednesday. (Jan 31)
The following prisoners were then brought up to receive sentence:
Death.-William Haywood and William Biggs.
Colonial Times, 16 Feb 1827.

The eight unfortunate men, who were left for execution at this place, namely. Gill, Howe, Horsefield, Gurd, Ashford, Winchester, Tuffnall, and Haywood, underwent the dreadful sentence of the law this morning.  The whole of the night previous to “their execution was spent in incessant prayer, and they died truly penitent.

Haywood, who Was hung for the murder of Mr. McRay, upon circumstantial evidence, declared in the gaol after being pinioned, and even on the scaffold, that he died innocent of the crime for which he suffered.
Colonial Times, 23 Feb 1827.

Burial Record in parish of St John, Launceston; https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD34-1-1p066j2k
William Hayward, abode, Launceston,  age 33, Prisoner executed. Ship Arab. Buried 19 Feb 1827.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd March, 2022 wrote:

1822 - Conduct Indent. CON31-1-18.
Indent No; 461.
Transported for “Highway Robbery”

1827 – Burials in the Parish of St John Launceston in the County of Cornwall.
Name; William Haywood.
Abode; Launceston
When buried; 19 February 1827
Age; 33 years
Ship’s Name; Arab. Prisoner Executed

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 6th January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 19th February, 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd March, 2022 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000)

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd March, 2022 made the following changes:


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