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William Marsh

William Marsh, one of 150 convicts transported on the Shipley, November 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Marsh
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 27th December, 1850
Age: 55 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: Larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: November, 1821
Arrival date: 11th March, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 105 (54)
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

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 wrote:

William Marsh married Mary Burn 23/01/1832 at Castlereagh NSW.  He died at Cobbitty near Camden.
Children:  James Marsh 1832-1901
William Marsh 1834-1884
Mary Ann Elizabeth Marsh born 1837-1842

Phil Hands on 8th April, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 16th July 1821, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 7th November 1821.
Ship:- the ‘Shipley’ sailed with 150 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 11th March 1822.

William Marsh married Mary Burns (daughter of convicts James Burns, ‘Hercules I’ 1802 & Mary Atkins, ‘Minstrel’ 1812) on 23rd January 1832 at Castlereagh, they had 3 children.
William was in trouble again in 1838 for cattle stealing and received a ten year sentence and was sent to Norfolk Island, and then to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.

William offended again in 1849, this was to prove his last offence.
Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 22nd November 1849, page 3
An event of rare occurrence took place at our Police Office last week, namely, the committal of a thief for trial at the Quarter Sessions, at Parramatta : his name was William Marsh, a Norfolk Island expirée, and his offence was stealing the irons off a plough in the field.

William was found guilty and after being given a good character report by the Chief Constable, he was sentenced to hard labour in Parramatta Gaol, instead of sending him in irons to the road gangs.

William died at Narellen in 1850.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1795-00-00, date of death 1850-12-27, gender m

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