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William Herring

William Herring, one of 200 convicts transported on the Hercules, 14 June 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Shopkeeper
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Hercules
Departure date: 14th June, 1832
Arrival date: 16th October, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 357(179)
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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Ray Herring on 28th October, 2015 wrote:

Proceedings of the Old Bailey commencing page 147 16th September 1830

1830 William Herring was indicted for steeling, on the 18th of September, 1 snuff-box, value 3 shillings, the goods of John Anderson, from his person.
John Anderson: I was in Crown Street on Saturday last between 12 and 1 o’clock - I was going home and saw a disturbance; I went with a friend to see what it was - and felt a tug at my pocket, turned and missed my box; I saw the prisoner working his way through the crowd, and calling to another person: I seized him and called the Policeman, and gave him in charge; the moment I did that I saw him throw something down and area - we took him to a public house;  and found my snuff-box in his left hand coat pocket , and the next morning the private watchman found my friend’s snuff-box down the area - there had been no snuff in mine; this is my box- it appeared to me the prisoner had some one with him;  he called to some one.

Peter Jackson: I am a Policeman. I took the prisoner and found this box in his left-hand coat pocket.

GUILTY: At aged 16, transported to New South Wales for fourteen years.
William arrived in the colony of New South Wales, as a convict on the second voyage of the ship Hercules. The ship departed Downs on the 19th June 1832 and arrived Sydney on the 16th October 1832.
He was granted his certificate of freedom at Goulburn on the 16th November 1844.

The next piece of evidence is a reference to a drunken dissordally charge. It cost William 40 pounds and 2 nights in Bathurst Gaol. the key is that it lists William as arriving on the Hercules in 1832 and his convict number. This places him in the district 3 years befor the marriage of William and Eleanor in 1853.

Settling in the Bathurst District, He married Eleanor Currie, a widow with two children and settled on a property known as “Glen Esk” on the banks of Campbells River in 1853. The property is still in existance today and is situated on the north bank of Campbells River 500meters down stream from the Ben Chifley Dam. This property was a parcel of the lands granted to John Smith. A condition of that grant was that he employ convicts work the land and in return was to provide food and lodging to them. “Glen Esk” fronts onto the O’Connell Road, The Lagoon. 2795. is currently owned by Mr and Mrs K & E Willott. (02) 6337 2558.
William and Ellen had five children. Henry, James, David, Richard and Edward.

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William Herring Sentenced to 14 years

William Herring, one of 200 convicts transported on the Hercules, 14 June 1832
Convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for a term of 14 years on 16 September 1830

Ship name: Hercules. Departure date: 14th June, 1832,  Place of arrival: New South Wales
Source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 357(179)

William Herring was charged with assault with intent to rob in Dubbo on the 15th December 1882. 233 NRS 849 72760 & 2761
William Herring appeared in the Dubbo Quater sessions on 22nd February 1883. He was charged with common assault on Ah Kin and sentenced to 3 months hard labour in Dubbo Gaol. New South Wales Police Gazette.

Shane Currey on 31st October, 2019 wrote:

He married Eleanor Maberly/Currey in 1853 after the death of her husband. Thomas E Currey, whom she had 4 children to. She remarried William and they moved to Bathurst. Eleanor then had 5 children to William Herring.Died Bathurst 1844.

Convict Changes History

Ray Herring on 28th October, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 1st November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000)

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