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William Phillips

William Phillips, one of 300 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 27 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Phillips
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1767
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 26th May, 1860
Age: 93 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 14 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 27th October, 1819
Arrival date: 5th April, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 259 (131)
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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Anonymous on 1st December, 2011 wrote:

William PHILLIPS, married Sopia YATES in Birmingham in 1808, his second marriage (he was a widower) He was born in 1767 and died in Sydney in 1860. He and Sophia were cconvicted for having forged notes in their possession

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 wrote:

William Phillips was married 9th November 1794 to Sarah Ridley. They had at least one child, Thomas, born June 1800. Sarah died around 1805.
William then remarried, to Sophia Yates 30th December 1808. he was aged about 41 and she was only 18.  They then had 5 children before being tried in Warwickshire on 7th August 1819. They were both convicted of Coining Offences (having forged banknotes in their possession) and sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
William was transported on “Coromandel” and Sophia and all her children came on “Janus”.
Thomas then aged about 20 was left in England.

In the colony, William and Sophia had a further 8 children.
The son from the first marriage, Thomas, was also tried in Warwickshire and also transported, following his father, step-mother and Step-siblings only 11 months later.

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 301…
[Ref P0742] Phillips, William, 63, ticket of leave, Coromandel, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, labourer, Goulburn Street Sydney.
[Ref P0743] Phillips, Sophia, 38, government servant, Janus, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, laundress.
[Ref P0744] Phillips, Emma, 20, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0745] Phillips, Jemima, 18, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0746] Phillips, John, 15, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0747] Phillips, Caroline, 13, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0748] Phillips, Sophia (Jun), 11, came free, Janus 1819.
[Ref P0749] Phillips, Julia, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref P0750] Phillips, Catherine, 2, born in the colony.

# Also Page 301…
[Ref P0751] Phillips, Thomas, 26, free by servitude, Dick, 1821, 7 years, Protestant, silver plate worker, Philip Street Sydney.
[Ref P0752] Phillips, John, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref P0753] Phillips, William, 4, born in the colony.
[Ref P0754] Phillips, Edward, 18m, born in the colony.
and… on page 50…
[Ref B1252]Bissenet, Elnr, 28, free by servitude, Elizabeth, 1818, 7 years, Catholic, housekeeper to Thomas Phillips, Sydney.

Iris Dunne on 2nd April, 2019 wrote:

Sue Stancombe (0) at 5:01pm, 2nd April 2019 wrote of William Phillips:

William Phillips was married to Sarah Ridley in November 1794 They had one child Thomas . Sarah died c 1806.
His second wife was Sophia Yates married 30 Dec 1808 they 5 children before being tried at Warwickshire 7th Aug 1819. Both convicted on coining Offences (having forged banknotes in their possession) both sentenced to 14 years . Sophia and her children were transported on Janus.
Thomas first son of William Phillips and Sarah Ridley then aged 20 was left in England. He was also tried in Warwickshire sand also transported following his father, step mother and step siblings 11 months later.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 1st December, 2011 made the following changes:

gender m

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1767 (prev. 0000), date of death: 26th May, 1860 (prev. 0000)

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