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William Johnson

William Johnson, one of 250 convicts transported on the Layton, 06 April 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Johnson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th May, 1845
Age: 29 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Lancashire Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Layton
Departure date: 6th April, 1841
Arrival date: 1st September, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 288
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

D Wong on 26th May, 2018 wrote:

31/10/1840 Bolton Chronicle Greater Manchester, England:
Abraham Jolly, Joseph Peters, Bridget Bayley, and William Johnson, were brought up charged with burglary. Mr. Glover appeared for the prosecuion, and Mr. Taylor for the defence.

Mr. Glover stated the fact that, for some time past, this town has been infested with a gang of robbers, and that, until now, they had eluded the vigilance of the police.  The prisoners Peters and Jolly were charged with breaking into the dwelling-house of Nehemiah Whittle, a spinner, residing at the Folds, and stealing articles of clothing and furniture.

Abraham Jolly arrived VDL per ‘Westmoreland’ 1841 — Joseph Peters per ‘Lord Goderich’ 1841 — no ship found for Bridget Bayley.

William Johnson was listed as being 24 years old on arrival - his native place was Bolton - he was transported for ‘Receiving stolen goods’ - the other two with him were convicted of Burglary.

Occupation: Jobbing Smith

William was 5’5¼” tall, fair complexion, auburn hair, no whiskers, blue eyes, single, can read.

Father: James, a weaver at native place.
Mother: Margaret
Brothers: Thomas, James, Aaron, george, Peter.
Sister: Mary Ann -  all at home.

15/5/1845: William Johnson died at the Probation Station, Fingal, Tasmania.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 26th May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th May, 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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