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William Nipperess

William Nipperas, one of 200 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 07 October 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Nipperess
Aliases: William Nipperess
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 27th April, 1800
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 2nd June, 1882
Age: 82 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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Wilts, Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 7th October, 1829
Arrival date: 18th February, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 228
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

Denis Pember on 12th October, 2015 wrote:

William was married in England. He had married Martha Ford, December 6 1821. They had 5 children up to 1829. In 1829, Martha died aged only 34. It is possible that this was in child birth because the youngest child Joseph was also born, and died in 1829!
William was convicted, (crime unknown) and sentenced to life, sometime around teh same period. He was transported on the “Katherine Stewart Forbes”.
It would appear that the young children must have accompanied him because at least three of them lived, married, and raised families in Australia.

Margaret Evans on 19th September, 2016 wrote:

William’s wife and last born died following William’s arrest presumably from starvation. The remaining children remained in England until late 1830s.

D Wong on 19th September, 2016 wrote:

22/9/1828 Salisbury and Winchester Journal Wiltshire, England
William Nipperas, charged with stealing piece of ash timber, the property of Thomas Evans; also with having killed one ewe sheep, the property of John Berryman, at Purton. Committed to the House of Correction Devizes.

William’s parents were Robert Nipperess and Sarah Angel.

The three living children of William arrived in Australia in 1840, they were:
Elizabeth, born 1 March 1823. Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire England. Died 29 July 1899 at Beechworth, Victoria.
Thomas, born 16 January 1825. Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire England. Died 17 May 1902, Maclean, New South Wales.
Henry born 14 December 1826. Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire England. Died 5 February 1906, Rylstone.

27/7/1841: Married Bridget Hall at Parramatta - they had 5 children -

John Joseph was born on the 3 May 1842 at Parramatta, New South Wales.
Sarah Eleanor was born on the 25 November 1844, New South Wales. She married Charles Chandler . Sarah died on the 25 April 1915 at Fitzory Victoria.
Mary Ann was born on the 26 February 1847 at Parramatta, New South Wales. She married Patrick Quirck on the 1 March 1870 in Beechworth, Victoria. Mary Ann died on the 14 April 1926 at Malvern, New South Wales.
Martha was born in 1849. She married David Shannon in 1867 at Beechworth, Victoria. Martha died on the 14 July 1881 in Victoria.
William was born in 1852.

Bridget died on the 6 May 1869 in Victoria.

William died on the 2 June 1882 at Walbundrie, New South Wales.

Phil Hands on 3rd May, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Wiltshire Assizes on 7th March 1829, for stealing sheep, sentenced to transportation for life.
Left England on 14th October 1829.
Ship;- the ‘Katherine Stewart Forbes’ sailed with 200 male convicts on board of which 1 died during the voyage.
arrived on 18th February 1830.

William’s 3 eldest children arrived in NSW in 1840 , to be with their father, his wife, Martha, died in 1829 along with their young infant son, Joseph.
On 27th July 1841, at Parramatta, William married Irish girl Bridget Hall, who had arrived as a child’s maid on the 13th February 1841 on the ‘Jane Guifford’, They had 5 children between 1842-1852.

William and his second family moved from Parramatta to Howlong on the Victorian border about 1848, where it is known that William was a hotel keeper for a time, By the end of the 1860’s, the family had moved over into Victoria to a place called Guntawang.
William’s death on 2nd June1882 at Walbundarie is shrouded in suspicion. The verdict was suicide by his own hand with a pea knife. He was a very oldmman, and ill in bed. A nephew from the Hall family was watching over him so the evidence goes, sometime during the night the boy dozed off to sleep. He awoke to find that William had cut his throat. The old man indicated that he had been a cripple long enough before expiring. Evidence tendered that his jugular vein was cut. The verdict of suicide does not hold up under close examination of the evidence given.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 12th October, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, alias1: William Nipperess, date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), date of death: 2nd June, 1882 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Margaret Evans on 19th September, 2016 made the following changes:


D Wong on 19th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 27th April, 1800 (prev. 1800)

Phil Hands on 3rd May, 2017 made the following changes:

surname: Nipperess (prev. Nipperas)

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