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William Jenkins

William Jenkins, one of 160 convicts transported on the Hibernia, 20 November 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Jenkins
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Wilts Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Hibernia
Departure date: 20th November, 1818
Arrival date: 11th May, 1819
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 158 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 117 (60)
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 May, 2019 wrote:

The following prisoners were tried, and received sentence of death;… Wm. Jenkins and Wm Jones, for stealing a bay gelding, the property of Wm Clements, at St George’s, in the county of Gloucester;... Of the ten prisoners who received sentence of death at our assizes, the whole have been reprieved, excepting John Lawes, convicted of burglary, who is left for execution on Tuesday the 4th of August.
Salisbury Journal, 27 July 1818

Wm Jones, aged 18, and Wm. Jenkins, of the same age, were indicted on three charges of stealing two mares and a gelding, the property of Wm Clements. Objection was taken by the prisoner’s counsel, that as there was no proof of the original taking in this evidence, a mere possession in a different county could not legally be admitted as proof of a fresh taking; that being the only principle on which felonies could be tried in other counties than those in which they were committed. In this case the horses were alleged to have been taken in Bristol, and were recovered in Wiltshire. Mr justice Park thought there was no foundation for the objection, which he said had been over-ruled by all the Judges of England. Verdict, Guilty.
Windsor and Eton Express, 19 July 1818

HO 9-9-1 Records of Laurel, Hardy and York Hulks, in Portsmouth Harbour, 1805-1831,
P 45.
Received from New Sarum, 28 Sept 1818 (9 prisoners)
Wm. Jenkins, age 18, Convicted at New Sarum, of a felony, 18 July 1818, sentenced to transportation for life. 7 Nov 1818, NSW.

William Jenkins was executed 27 Dec 1827.
Tasmanian Conduct record, CON31-1-23 image 45.

He was charged with other prisoners, with the murder on the 17 October 1827, at the penal settlement of Macquarie Harbour, in having caused the death of a man named George Recks, a constable, by means of suffocation or drowning. This occurred during an attempt to escape. There are more details of the trial in a newspaper report at the time:The Tasmanian, page 2, Fri Dec 7 1827
The Tasmanian, Fri Dec 7 1827

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 6th May, 2019 made the following changes:


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