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William Hurst

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Hurst
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Soldier
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 Life

Crime: Murder
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Caroline
Departure date: 0000
Arrival date: -
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 6 other convicts


Primary source: https://www.jenwilletts.com/convict_ship_calista_1828.htm The Quarterly Oriental Magazine. January to June 1827.
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Maureen Withey on 18th November, 2019 wrote:

William Hurst was one of eight military prisoners transported from Calcutta to NSW, firstly from Calcutta to Hobart, on the Caroline, then from Hobart to Sydney on the Calista in 1828.

Shipping Intelligence.
On Monday arrived, from London, whence she sailed on the 1st of November, via Hobart Town on the 6th of April, the ship Calista, Captain Hawkins, with merchandize, and 100 Saxon, and 260 Derwent sheep. Passengers, Captain Bunster, and Messrs J. Andrews, J. J. Daker, D. Burn, C. Sladden, F. Watkins, and F. Anley, Mrs. Ridge, 2 children, and servant, with 4 steerage passengers. The Calista also brings 8 prisoners, who arrived at Hobart Town on the Caroline, from Calcutta.
Sydney Gazette, 16 Apr 1828.

From “Free Settler or Felon?” by Jen Willets.
William Hurst, age 34, Frame work knitter and Soldier from Leicestershire, Offence- murder.

The Quarterly Oriental Magazine.  January to June 1827.
Detailed account of the trial
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=zj4oAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PR45&dq=“William+Hurst”+Calcutta+1827&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjA3svd8fPlAhXoWhUIHVs0CmgQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=“William Hurst” Calcutta 1827&f=false

Case of Murder.
Supreme Court, Calcutta,  Saturday 24th Feb. 1827.
King versus William Hurst.

- Briefly, William Hurst was accused of shooting dead a native called Dookoo in a village called Oloopnagagore,  the brother of the dead man being a witness.  It was the first of January and William Hurst was intoxicated. Other soldiers witnessed to seeing him after the event, and that his musket had been fired.  He was sentenced to Death, but the sentence was later commuted to transportation for life.

His sergeant stated he was an Englishman, and that he had known him for more than 12 years, and that William Hurst belonged to the 14th regiment. Other witnesses stated the prisoner was from Leicestershire, and that when drunk he was unable to control his temper. His captain said that his general character was good.

Conditional Pardon
William Hurst, Caroline.
Sydney Morning Herald, 7 Apr 1845.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 18th November, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: https://www.jenwilletts.com/convict_ship_calista_1828.htm The Quarterly Oriental Magazine. January to June 1827. (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Hurst, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of

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