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William Kelly

William Kelly, one of 164 convicts transported on the Morley, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Kelly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 7th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 63 (33)
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 11th February, 2021 wrote:

Royal Offences: coining offences.
14th January 1818
Verdict Guilty > pleaded guilty
Sentence Death

WILLIAM KELLY was indicted, for that he, on the 30th of October, at St. James’s, Clerkenwell, did forge and counterfeit a certain bank note (setting it forth), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

SECOND COUNT, For feloniously disposing of, and putting away a like forged instrument, with the like intent, knowing it to be forged.

THIRD COUNT, For feloniously offering to James Creed Eddels a like forged bank note, with the like intent, knowing it to be forged.

FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COUNTS, the same as the three former, only calling the forged instrument a promissory note for the payment of money, instead of a bank note.

SIX OTHER COUNTS, The same as the six former, only stating his intent to be to defraud John Creed Eddels.

To which indictment the prisoner pleaded

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 15.
Thomas Spicer, age 17,, warehouseman, was tried at the Old Bailey….The said WILLIAM KELLY and THOMAS SPICER were indicted for that they, on the 26th of November , at the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell, feloniously did forge and counterfeit a certain bank note, No. 61,370 (setting it forth), with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England (continue).  Thomas Spicer’s sentence of death was commuted to 14 years transportation. He was sent to Newgate prison and from there to the Retribution hulk on 9th April 1818. He was originally to sail on the Glory, however was embarked on the Morley on 29 June 1818. Thomas Spicer was sent to the Bringelly district on arrival.

William Kelly was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

William was 5’4” tall, fair ruddy complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
KELLY, William. Per “Morley”, 1818

1818 Nov 17:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Morley” and forwarded to Windsor for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.148)

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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