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William Johnson, one of 310 convicts transported on the Mangles, 18 March 1837
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Central Criminal Court
18th March, 1837
10th July, 1837
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 308 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 12
||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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Anonymous on 9th June, 2011 wrote:
William â€˜Billyâ€™ Johnson was a 21 yo farm labourer from Little Cranfield (Essex) when he was convicted of simple larceny and transported for 7 years. He received a ticket of leave in 1841 (4 years into his sentence) which confined him to the district of Patterson (Maitland area). From here he travelled to the New England district with Henry Dangar, where he worked as a stockman/labourer at Dangarâ€™s property â€˜Gostwyckâ€™.
He married Ann Betts (from a bounty immigrant family working at nearby â€˜Salisbury Courtâ€™) in 1845 at the Armidale Court House. They had 10 children and of course their descendants (of which Iâ€™m one) live on today.
Billy was also a pioneering coach driver in the district and worked for Cobb and Co and also John Gill. He predominately worked the run from Armidale through to the Queensland border and beyond.
Billy also encouraged Annâ€™s brother (Robert Betts aka Silent Bob Bates) to take up coach driving….Bob was the inspiration for Tom Robertâ€™s famous painting â€˜Bailed Upâ€™.
Billy died in 1893, with Ann in 1900. Both are buried in Armidale cemetery.
Below is an extract from Billyâ€™s obituary in the Armidale Express:
‘In the forties, "Billy" as he was familiarly called, was stockman for Mr Henry Dangar at Gostwyck, and subsequently he worked for the late Mr John Gill in connection with the coach service between Armidale, Singleton and Maitland. The deceased was quite a familiar figure in Armidale during the old coaching days.’