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William Knight

William Knight, one of 290 convicts transported on the Mangles, 21 November 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Knight
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: 9th October, 1855
Age: 36 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 21st November, 1839
Arrival date: 27th April, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 129 (66)
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 6th July, 2018 wrote:

23/10/1838 Kentish Gazette Kent, England:
William Knight, and John Brown, charged with stealing, at St. Stephen, a chestnut mare, the property of Levi Lambourne.__Knight guilty, ten years’ transportation ; Brown acquitted.

18/5/1840: William Knight arrived at Norfolk Island per ‘Mangles’.

12/3/1844: Then arrived VDL per ‘Duke of Richmond’.

On arrival in VDL, William was described as:
A Sawyer, 5’5” tall, 25 years old, fair complexion, light brown hair, reddish whiskers, brown eyes, native place: Canterbury, scar on riht wrist, 3 scars on forefinger left hand, 2 scars on right hand, scars on each thumb.

24/5/1845: TOL

30/9/1845: Permission to marry Bridget Goodman (Hope 1842).

27/10/1845: Married Bridget Goodman at St. Joseph’s Church, Hobart.

16/7/1846: Tried Hobart QS for Cattle Stealing - Acquitted.

4/8/1846: TOL Cancelled.
22/2/1847: TOL Restored.

24/10/1848: Free Certificate.

D Wong on 6th July, 2018 wrote:

9/10/1855: William Knight died of Disease of the Heart, Hobart, listed as a sawyer.

Wife Bridget then married Benjamin Hall in

D Wong on 6th July, 2018 wrote:

11/2/1856: Bridget married Benjamin Hall, aged 45, a sawyer, at the Franklin.  Bridget Knight was a widow, aged 33.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 6th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 6th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 9th October, 1855 (prev. 0000)

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