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Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips, one of 306 convicts transported on the Corona, 13 October 1866

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Daniel Phillips
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1840
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 1892
Age: 52 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Firing a haystack
Convicted at: Hertfordshire Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Corona
Departure date: 13th October, 1866
Arrival date: 22nd December, 1866
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/19, Page Number 173 (89)
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 9th June, 2020 wrote:

Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser Hertfordshire, England
16 Jan 1864:

ARSON.__We regret to state that on Monday morning about 6.30., a barley stack standing in a field between Bromley and Hadham, was set on fire and entirely consumed.  Information was given to p.c. Newland, at Hadham, who went to Bromley, made enquiries, and on his return met one Daniel Phillips, laborer, who confessed that he had set fire to the stack. He said, “I suppose you would like to know who did it? Newland replied Yes:’’ and he rejoined, “I did it and no other”.
He had been at Bromley all night, and about 6 o’clock went to Harrington’s beerhouse, had a pint of beer, and soon after set fire to the stack; there was no hope of saving it.  Phillips shewed the police officer where he had laid a box of lucifer matches in a field, about 3 or 400 yards from the stack, in the direction of Hadham ; the barley belonged to Mr. J. Snow, of Puckeridge, formerly of the Temple Farm, Bengeo.  He bought it at Mr. Thos. Knight’s sale. 
Phillips was taken before R. Dawson, Esq, at Hadham, on Wednesday, and committed for trial at the next assizes at Hertford.
The barley was the produce off 13½ acres of land and is said to have been worth £150.  Mr. Inspector Rider said he received the prisoner, Daniell Phillips, from the custody of p.c. Newland on the 11th inst., and conveyed him to Bishop Stortford : prisoner said, “What I have told your man, Newland, is the truth.  I did set fire to the stack of barley.  I went to Bromley in the morning and had part of a pot of beer, and as I came back I set fire to the stack.” __ The stack was fully insured in the Sun Fire Office.

Daniel Phillips was Convict No. 9263

Daniel was 26 years old on arrival, he was literate, single, 5’7½” tall, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, oval face, dark complexion, middling stout, three small scars right side of upper lip, small scar tip right thumb.

1/2/1868: TOL
22/3/1871: COF

Comments: Conditional Release 1870.  Labourer.

Was in York, WA., a Labourer and teamster (1876-1884)

26/4/1890 Eastern Districts Chronicle, York, WA.:
Daniel Phillips was charged with wandering about in an unsound state of mind.  He was remanded for medical examination, and was discharged the following day.

14/6/1890 Eastern Districts Chronicle, York, WA.:
On Tuesday morning a man named Daniel Phillips was fined 5/-, or 7 days for drunkenness.

1892: Died.
Date of death comes from:
Untitled - Friends of Battye Library Inc.www.friendsofbattyelibrary.org.au › files › P.pdf
PHILLIPS, Daniel. b. 1840, d. 1892 (expiree). Arr . 22.12.1866 per. Corona. York. Labourer & teamster (1876-1884 Alm).
No registration on the WA BDM - also no marriage listed.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1840 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1892 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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