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William Pim

William Pim, one of 300 convicts transported on the Rodney, 19 September 1851

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Pim
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 20th July, 1889
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Rodney
Departure date: 19th September, 1851
Arrival date: 20th December, 1851
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 198
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 1st January, 2017 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > no_subcategory; Guilty > no_subcategory; Guilty > no_subcategory
Punishment: Transportation; Imprisonment > no_subcategory; Transportation

WILLIAM PIM, HENRY CLARK, JOSEPH EWINGTON , and THOMAS ALLEN , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Pim, about twelve in the night of the 11th of Oct., at Lambeth, with intent to steal, and stealing therein 1 coat, value 5s.; 1 waistcoat, 2s.; 1 handkerchier, 1s.; and a variety of tools his property; 1 plough, 6d.; 3 saws, 5s.; and other tools, of Thomas Seatle; Pim and Allen having been before convicted of felony; to which
PIM pleaded GUILTY. Aged 24.— Transported for Ten Years.
JOHN PIM. I am a builder, and live at 6, White Hart-place, Kennington-lane, in the parish of Lambeth—it is my dwelling-house—the prisoner Pim is my son—he worked for me, and lived in my house up to the 11th of Oct.—I went to bed that night about nine o’clock—I got up next morning about a quarter or ten minutes before six, came down stairs, opened my back-parlour shutters, and saw a ladder standing against the back stop—I then opened my front shop, and on returning to the back, saw my workman’s tool-chest broken open—the lock had been cut away by some instrument—I do not know how the house had been entered—some of my workman’s best tools were gone from the chest, and a basket of my tools also, worth about 1l.—they were taken from the kitchen and workshop—I went to my son’s bedroom, he was not there, and had not been in bed—I went into the front room first floor, found a cupboard broken open, and some spirits and wine gone—an attempt had been made to break open the door of my back-shop or iron-foundry, but that had not succeeded—I went into the kitchen, and there saw three chairs placed, and two empty bottles on the table—the thieves had been regaling themselves—here are a quantity of tools produced, some of which are mine, and some my workman’s.

Ewington’s Defence. I was coming by Mr. Pim’s about five o’clock on Tuesday morning, and met Mr. Pim’s son, with a basket of tools, a great coat, and a waistcoat, which he asked me to help him carry; I did so; he told me to put the coat on, and said it was his own; I put it on, and he gave me the waistcoat to button underneath my own, which I did; I helped him carry the things to where he was going, and that is all I know about it.

Allen’s Defence. I have worked in Covent-garden Market for four years; on Tuesday morning, at half-past eight, my wife brought me my breakfast, and about half-past nine I went into a public-house at the corner of Wild-street; Pim and Ewington were there drinking; I never saw them before; Pim offered me a pipe of tobacco; we got into conversation, and he said, “I have been on the spree all night, drinking wine and gin;” Ewington said the same; they said they had no money, and I stood a pint of porter; Pim pulled a saw out of a basket, and asked my wife to pawn it for 1s.; I said I would rather do it myself, and I went and pledged it; I forgot the name he told me, and gave my own and my address, No. 28, Portpool-lane, where I have lived two years and nine months; I gave Pim the ticket and money.


Pim. What Allen has stated is quite true; he is innocent.
JAMES GREEN. I produce a certificate of Allen’s former conviction—(read—Convicted March, 1843, of housebreaking, and confined one year)—he is the person.
(Clark received a good character.)
Confined One Year.
ALLEN— GUILTY.* Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years.

William Pim was 28 years old on arrival in VDL, born in Kinsington - transported for “Stealing tools and clothes from my father at Kensington Cross”.  His occupation was a ‘Blind maker’.

William was 5’2” tall, could read and write, single, fair complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes.

Father: John
Mother: Sarah,
Brothers: Jessy, John
Sister: Sarah.

20/3/1855: TOL
26/2/1856: CP
29/12/1857: Free Certificate - Hobart.

1/9/1858 Hobart Town Daily Mercury:
William Pim charged with unlawfully pawning on July 20th at the shop of Mr. J. G. Roberts,
a rug and other property belonging to James Young, of North West Bay, was found guilty and
remanded for sentence —12 months imprisonment with hard labour.

5/12/1864 The Mercury, Hobart:
William Pim - larceny.

20/8/1868: Married Selina Elliott, 29 - he was 40, a carpenter - married at Clarence. One child listed - Harriet Ann Pim born 6/5/1871.

20/7/1889: William died, aged 66 years of Hemiplegia/Apoplexy (Stroke) at the New Town pauper establishment - listed as a carpenter.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1822 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th July, 1889 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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