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William Jenkins

William Jenkins, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Jenkins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Boatman
Date of Death: 8th November, 1875
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Worcester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Champion
Departure date: 24th May, 1827
Arrival date: 17th October, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 188
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

Rachel Parker on 21st January, 2016 wrote:

Born inn Warwickshire. Baptised on 10/06/1808. Learned to read and write. Tried on 10/03/1827

Phil Hands on 7th March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Worcester Assizes on 10th March 1827 for stealing a harness belonging to Thomas Wyther of Hadsor, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
left England on 3rd June 1827.
Ship:- the ‘Champion’ sailed with 128 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 17th October 1827.

Occupation: Boatman, Dairy Farmer, Labourer.

Ticket of Leave: 24th March 1832.
Certificate of Freedom, 24th June 1834.

Married convict Eliza Tully (‘Pyramus’ 1836) on 21st October 1838 at St James’ Church, Sydney, they lived most of their married life in Camden and had 14 children, their first child William was born in 1839 in Burwood and their second child Thomas was born in 1840 in Burwood then the family moved to The Oaks near Picton, NSW.
Twelve more children were born, Sarah Jane 1842, John 1843, Eliza 1845, Lavinia 1847, Martha 1849, Ann Maria 1851, Jane Isabella 1852, Eleanor Catherine 1855, Robert Augustus 1857, Jacob George 1859, James Albert 1860 and Mary Elizabeth 1862.
All these children lived to adulthood which was quite unusual for the times.
William and Eliza were pioneers of the Picton/Camden district.
William was accidently killed on 9th November 1875 aged 68 years when he fell from his cart and dislocated his neck. Eliza died on 9th April 1902 aged 82 years from senile decay at her daughter’s residence at Greendale. Eliza was one of the oldest residents of the Camden district.

Convict Changes History

Rachel Parker on 21st January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th November, 1875 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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