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William Morgan

William Morgan, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 04 August 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Morgan
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 9th February, 1821
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: 1898
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 4th August, 1836
Arrival date: 9th December, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 270 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 337 (171)
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 3rd January, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
4th April 1836
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM MORGAN was indicted for stealing on the 19th of March, 1 handkerchief value 2s. 6d. the goods of Henry Peter James McDonald form his person.

HENRY PETER JAMES M’DONALD On the 19th of March about six of seven o’clock evening I was in the passage leading form the old Post-office into Lombard-street—I felt a twitch at my pocket—I put my hand to my pocket and found my handkerchief was gone—I turned round and Grayson gave me information—I seized the prisoner and took my handkerchief from under his jacket—this is it.

Prisoner I was walking up Lombard-street along wit my father—the prosecutor said you picked pocket witness There was nobody old enough to be his father with him.

WILLIAM BAYLEY GRAYSON. On the night in question I was standing at the corner of Seething-lane—I saw the prisoner in conversation with two others in king Willlam-street—I saw something that around my suspicion, and watched them—I saw them walking behind the prosecutor—I saw the prisoner move and tuck something under his arm—I asked the prosecutor if he had lost any thing—he said, yes—I said, “This lad had go it and he took the handkerchief from under his arm—I had seen them try two or three pockets.

Prisoner Defence I was holding a horse—the gentleman gave me 2d.—I was coming away and the gentleman swore I had picked his picked—three boys before me chucked down the handkerchief and I picked it up—a woman coming by said it was a shame to take me for nothing all.

MR. GRAYSON I saw no horse near.

GUILTY Aged 15— Transported for seven years.

Sick list of the Bengal Merchant:
Folio 3: William Morgan, aged 15; convict; disease or hurt, dysuria. Put on sick list, 9 September 1836. Discharged, 11 September 1836

William Morgan was listed as 15 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Middlesex.

William was literate, protestant, single, 4’3” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, small blue streak inside lower right arm scar inside left thumb, mark of a bile (boil??) above cap of left knee.

1841: TOL Queanbeyan
14/4/1843: COF

Convict Changes History

val morgan on 2nd January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 9th February, 1821 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1898 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 3rd January, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

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