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William Purcell

William Purcell, one of 200 convicts transported on the Florentia, 11 August 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Purcell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft~simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Florentia
Departure date: 11th August, 1830
Arrival date: 12th December, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 460
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 3rd October, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: simple larceny.
25th October 1827
Verdict Guilty; Guilty
Sentence Transportation

2194. WILLIAM MURPHY, alias BURNS, and WILLIAM PURCELL were indicted for stealing, on the 16th of October, four spoke-shaves, value 2s.; 1 saw, value 1s. 6d., and 4 pairs of compasses, value 2s., the goods of George Mile.

EDWARD PERRY. I live in Thomas-street, St. George’s. On the 16th of October, about seven o’clock in the morning, a person called, and gave me information; I went down into my kitchen, and found four boys - they all ran up, leaving these tools - I am sure the prisoners were two of the boys; they had no right in my kitchen; I knew them all before - they must have brought the tools there, for they were not there five minutes before.

GEORGE MILES. I am a cooper ; these are all my tools - I lost them between the 13th and 16th of October, from a room over a stable, in Camomile-buildings - the door was locked, but they got on the tiles, and broke through the lath and plaster into the room; I know nothing of the prisoners - my house is a very short distance from Perry’s - he is a chimney sweeper; the kitchen he speaks of is where his boys go.

JAMES FLANNAGAN. I know the prisoners; I saw them the day before they were taken, with some tools, at that house; they were compasses and planes, which had been taken from the prosecutor’s.

WILLIAM REDDING I am beadle of Mary-le-bone. I met Miles in Welbeck-street; he gave me information; I went, and found these tools in Perry’s kitchen.

MURPHY’S Defence. One of his boys told us to come down and see what he had.


Transported for Seven Years.

William Murphy arrived VDL 1830 per ‘Manlius’.

William Purcell was 15 years old on arrival in NSW.

Occupation: Erand Boy/Tailor.

William was 4’7” tall, ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, blue eyes.

Sent to Carters Barracks on arrival.

3/11/1834: COF

Convict Changes History

Oliver on 2nd October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1760 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1834 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 3rd October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 1760), date of death: 0000 (prev. 1834), occupation, crime

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