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William Shepherd

William Shepherd, one of 369 convicts transported on the Dromedary, 11 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Shepherd
Aliases: Sheppard
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th November, 1827
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: -
Convicted at: Wilts, City of New Sarum Session of Peace
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dromedary
Departure date: 11th September, 1819
Arrival date: 10th January, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 369 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 217 (110)
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

Leonie Dolley on 15th April, 2013 wrote:

William was executed.

Maureen Withey on 7th May, 2019 wrote:

Salisbury.  The general sessions for the peace for this city were holden at the Council Chamber on Thursday last, before the Worshipful Mayor, the Deputy Recorder, and other Magistrates - William Shepherd (a youth of bad character, only 18 years of age), was convicted of stealing a great coat, the property of Jas. Read, and sentenced to seven years transportation. Salisbury Journal, 11 Jan 1819.

Sixteen male convicts were removed from Fisherton Gaol on Thursday last and put on board the Laurell Hulk, in Gosport harbour. SWJ, 3 May 1819.

HO 9-9-1 Records of Laurel, Hardy and York Hulks, in Portsmouth Harbour, 1805-1831,
p 47.
Received from Fisherton 29 April 1819 (16 prisoners) 
William Sheppard, age 18, convicted at Wilts Sessions of a felony, 7 Jan 1819, sentenced to transportation for 7 years. NSW 25 Aug 1819.

Maureen Withey on 7th May, 2019 wrote:

Certificate of Freedom, and Tickets of leave, have been issued to the undermentioned persons during the last week:
...William Shepherd, Dromedary.
Hobart Town Gazette, 27 May 1826

William Shepherd was tried and convicted of burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mr Ralph Compton at Norfolk plains, in the night of the 19th of November last, and stealing therein three gallons of wine, value 15s., a cask, value 8s., and a tea kettle value 8s., the property of Mr Compton. The prisoner having been Mr Compton’s servant was readily identified. 
Hobart Town Courier, 20 Oct 1827.

Supreme Court, Monday Nov 12, 1827
… Dudley Fereday, esq. the sheriff of Van Diemen’s land, arrived in Launceston on Sunday, and on Thursday, the awful sentence of the law was to be carried into effect on the three unhappy men, Abraham Abrahams, Humphrey Oulton and William Shepherd.
Hobart Town Courier, Sat 17 Nov 1827

William Sheppherd’s Conduct record:
Executed 15th November 1827
Tas.  Record CON31-1-38 image 75

Maureen Withey on 1st January, 2020 wrote:

Burial Record in parish of St John, Launceston, Cornwall, Port Dalrymple, 1827. https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD34-1-1p069j2k
William Shepherd,  Executed at Launceston, buried 15 Nov 1827, age 26, ship Dromedary, Brickmaker.

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 15th April, 2013 made the following changes:

date of death 1827, gender

Maureen Withey on 7th May, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Sheppard

Maureen Withey on 1st January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 15th November, 1827 (prev. 1827)

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