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Benjamin Parsons

Benjamin Parsons, one of 150 convicts transported on the Woodman, 01 December 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Parsons
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 22nd January, 1859
Age: 66 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Arson
Convicted at: Bedford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Woodman
Departure date: 1st December, 1825
Arrival date: 29th April, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 315 (159)
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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Maureen Withey on 5th January, 2020 wrote:

The following capital convicts were removed on Tuesday morning last the county gaol Bedford last the county gaol Bedford to the Justitia hulk. at Woolwich, pursuant to their respective sentences ;—George Coslin, Francis Hewlett, Benjamin Parsons, Thomas Tailor, William Pateman, Wm. Hawkins, Henry Walters, Wm. Freeman, and Henry Bean; severally transported for and during the term of their natural lives.
Windsor and Eton Express, 3 Sept 1825.

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 wrote:

Bedfordshire Gaol Register, Gaol Record Detail For: Benjamin Parsons

Record ID: 3393
Commital Year: 1825
Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/1
ID in Reference Doc: 92
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying Features: Tried and convicted of being an accessory to the crime of Arson at Summer Assizes 1825, cast for Death and left for Execution but was subsequently Reprieved
Residence(town/village): Felmersham
Residence(county): Bedfordshire
Offence: Violent assault
Committed By: T. C. Higgins Esquire
When Committed: 18/02/1825
Type of Gaol: Bedford County Gaol
Sentence: 18 Months Com. Gaol; Transported for Life
How Disposed: Put on board the Justitia Hulk at Woolwich
Discharge Date: 30/08/1825 (see https://apps.bedford.gov.uk/grd/detail.aspx?id=3393).

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 wrote:

1832, September: Granted a Ticket of Leave.

1832, 15 October: Benjamin Parsons was convicted at Richmond for stealing a bushel wheat from his master, Mr. Thomas Austin, at Pittwater, and sentenced to 7 years transportation (see The Tasmanian, 19 October 1832, p7).

1834, 21 April: At the Richmond Quarter Sessions, “Benjamin Parsons, charged with stealing a waistcoat, the property of Samuel Dalrymple. Guilty.—To be transported 7 years” (see Colonial Times, 29 April 1834, p6).

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 wrote:

1834, 27 October: He is on a list of convicts whose Tickets of Leave were cancelled because they had not applied for them by a specific date (see Launceston Advertiser, 3 November 1834, p2).

1840, 14 December: Granted another Ticket of Leave.

1846: On a list of convicts to be recommended for a Conditional Pardon.

1847, 21 September: Conditional Pardon approved (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON34-1-1$init=CON34-1-1P656).

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 wrote:

1859, 22 January: A Benjamin Parsons, 65, farmer, died at Sorell from “the visitation of God” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-28p120j2k).

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th January, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), crime

Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 made the following changes:


Dianne Jones on 6th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 22nd January, 1859 (prev. 0000)

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