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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: -
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
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 252
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:

I have the wrong William PHILLIPS>>>>enetered today 1/12/2011

Maureen Withey on 12th August, 2020 wrote:

Note: If this case at the Old Bailey, refers to him, then his crime was stealing, not forgery, ( as recorded above).
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 August 2020), April 1818, trial of WILLIAM PHILLIPS (t18180401-35).

WILLIAM PHILLIPS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 1st April 1818.
564. WILLIAM PHILLIPS was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of February , at St. Marylebone , three yards and a half of woollen cloth, value 2l. 9s., the goods of Thomas George Kipps and William Irwin, in their dwelling-house .
THOMAS GEORGE KIPPS . I am in partnership with William Irwin, we both occupy the dwelling-house. On the 24th of February, in the evening, I was accidentally at Bow-street Office, the witness, Aldous, came and asked me if had lost any cloth? I said I did not know; he said he had detained a person with some. On looking across the room I recognized the prisoner, who was then living with us as a servant -the cloth was produced, which I knew to be our’s.  Aldous is a pawnbroker - He came with the officer who took the prisoner. I had bought the cloth only the day before, and gave 14s. a yard for it; I lost three yards and a half- it was worth 49s. I had not been at home from the time it was taken. The prisoner left work that evening at dusk.
FRANCIS ALDOUS . I am a pawnbroker. On the 24th of February, in the evening, the prisoner brought the cloth to me, and offered it to me in pledge - He asked 30s. upon it. I asked him what quantity there was? he said there were fourteen yards. I asked whom it belonged to? he said it was his own. I then asked whom he bought it of? he said of a hawker in St. George’s-fields, at four shillings a yard. I detained it, and gave him in charge. We took him to the Office, Mr. Kipps was there, and the officer asked him about it. The prisoner told who his master was. Mr. Kipps claimed it.
THOMAS GOOK . I am an officer. On the 24th of February I was in Mr. Aldous’s shop, on business, the prisoner came in and produced the cloth - He asked 30s. upon it. Mr. Aldous asked him about it; he said it was his own, and that he bought it of a man in the Borough. Mr. Aldous told me I had just come in time. I asked the prisoner what he bought the cloth for? he said it was to make a coat or coats, I do not know which. I asked him if he bought it for himself? he said his brothers were to have half of it, and that there were fourteen yards-there was no such quantity. I asked him if he had a family? he said, yes, and that he gave four shillings a yard for the cloth, and 2l. 9s. in all. I asked him if his wife could cut it? he said she might. I took him to the office. Before the magistrate came he called me aside, and said he would tell the truth, I neither threatened or promised him; he then said a man named Gurney, who worked at the same place as he did, gave it him to pledge for him. I asked whom they worked for? he said for Irwin and Kipps, Great Marylebone-street; he pointed Mr. Kipps out to me in the magistrates’ room. When I took the prisoner in I shewed Mr. Kipps the cloth and he claimed it.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner’s Defence. I did not know what I was telling the pawnbroker. My master came to the office, and I pointed him out. Gurney and Adams (Adams is my master’s apprentice) asked me to go and pledge the cloth for them, for 30s., and to bring them the money next morning when I came to work - They said it was their own. I took it to Aldous; he asked if it was mine - I said, yes. I believe it was done to prevent my working there, as I had quarrelled with the apprentice; he said I should not work there longer than he could help.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 30.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Lord C.J. Ellenborough.

This appears to be William:

NSW 1828 Census Index:
W. Phillips, Coromandel, 2 Chain Gang. (no further details)


Sydney Gazette, 23 Jul 1829.
CONDITIONAL PARDONS respectively dated 27th May, 1828, and granted to the undermentioned Individuals, viz.
Wm. Phillips, per Ship Coromandel (3)

Convict Changes History

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

gender m

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