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William Johnson

William Johnson, one of 290 convicts transported on the Asia, 05 November 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 5th November, 1835
Arrival date: 21st February, 1836
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 201 (103)
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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D Wong on 23rd April, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey:
RICHARD JEWSON, WILLIAM JOHNSON, Theft > pocketpicking, 2nd March 1835.

Reference Number: t18350302-670
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty > no_subcategory; Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation

RICHARD JEWSON and WILLIAM JOHNSON were indicted for stealing, on the 10th of February, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of a man unknown, from his person.

FRANCIS KEYS . I am an officer of Marylebone. On the 10th of February I was by St. Giles’s church, about one o’clock—I saw the prisoners standing at the corner of Lawrence-lane, looking at gentlemen’s pockets—they followed a gentleman down to George-street, and then Johnson made an attempt at the gentleman’s pocket—they followed on to Museum-street, and there Johnson took a handkerchief out of a gentleman’s pocket and gave it to Jewson—both turned round towards me—I collared Jewson, and took the handkerchief from inside his coat—I sent a person after Johnson, but he did not get him—Jewson said it was the first time he had ever done such a thing—that he was a broken down costermonger, and took the handkerchief to get a shilling to set himself up—four days after, I saw Johnson sitting on the rails, in Lawrence-lane—I took him for being in company with Jewson, and picking pockets—he said I was mistaken—I never could find the gentleman, as he walked on—I am positive of both their persons.

Transported for Seven Years.

Richard Jewson arrived in VDL per ‘Bardaster 1835’

William was 20 years old on arrival.  He was 5’5” tall, Dark Complexion, very dark brown hair, black eyes, single, scar on right elbow joint, stout made.

29/6/1836: Existing sentence extended 3 years for stealing property belonging to his master.

13/8/1838: Existing sentence extended 6 months for absconding.

1845: Free Certificate.

There were many William Johnson’s on the records at that time:
3 possible deaths from the Cornelian Paupers Surnames:

3/6/1904: William Johnson, born 1815 aged 89 – New Town Charitable Institution.
3/5/1904: Ditto
29/9/1896: William Johnson, born 1815 aged 81 – New Town Charitable Institution.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 23rd April, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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