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William Hipsly

William Hipsly, one of 170 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 13 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Hipsly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: Farmer & ploughman
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 Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 13th March, 1828
Arrival date: 10th August, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 337 (170)
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

Anonymous on 8th May, 2012 wrote:

life sentense but pardoned in 1840 ?? if returned to uk

Anonymous on 26th May, 2012 wrote:

William Hipsly was 45 years old when he arrived in VDL. He had been married to Elizabeth Lide and had children.  He came from Yatton.

Goal report: Broke out of goal.
Hulk report: Indifferent.

Previous convictions for housebreaking, stealing a stick of wood,, v 15d., 5 weeks.  Once escaped from Ilchester goal and caught the next day.

Described as:5’10 1/2" tall, light grey hazel eyes, scar on centre forehead, long scar back of forefinger of left hand.  Was last working for Johnathan Hawkes a farmer at Yatton.

1830-35: Assigned to Mr David Gibson.

1836: TOL

30/7/1840: CP

5/4/1839: Misconduct in indecently exposing his person - stocks 3 hours.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 26th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1783-00-00 (prev. 1873-00-00)

Anonymous on 8th May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1873-00-00, gender m

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