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William Rayner

William Rayner, one of 220 convicts transported on the Commodore Hayes, April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Rayner
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 19th April, 1838
Age: 36 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Commodore Hayes
Departure date: April, 1823
Arrival date: 16th August, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 218 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 26. Tasmanian Archives - convicts
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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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th December, 2013 wrote:

William Rayner was convicted on 17/02/1820 for stealing a silk gown. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Commodore Hayes’, arriving 1821.

Aged 18yrs; last lived at St. Johns Court, Canon ... Rd with Randall who keeps a shop there.
Brown hair; lt blue eyes; 5’5 3/4”.

Assignments in Colony.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th December, 2013 wrote:

2nd CONVICTION - in Colony.
Hobart Supreme Court 16/02/1829. Life sentence.
Had received his Ticket of Leave in 1828.

1830: sent to Macquarie Harbour (west coast)
1830: abscond with wood & axe in his possession, the property of the govt. 50 lashes & irons.
1832: Having tea concealed in his hut -to work in irons.
1833: Public Works

Died in H.M. Colonial Hospital 19/04/1838.

Maureen Withey on 6th March, 2020 wrote:

March 20, 1835
WILLIAM RAYNER, Commodore Hayes, F.S.. under Colonial Sentence, has obtained a Ticket of Leave, on account of the privations he suffered, while attached to the mission under Mr. Robinson, in search of the Aborigines.
By His Excellency’s Command, J. M0NTAGUE.
Launceston Advertiser, 30 Mar 1835.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1802, date of death 19th April, 1838, gender, crime

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