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William Sydenham Smith

William Sydenham Smith, one of 190 convicts transported on the Layton, 17 June 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Sydenham Smith
Aliases: William Turner, Gypsey Smith
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 5th February, 1815
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1879
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft of hankerchief
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Layton
Departure date: 17th June, 1829
Arrival date: 8th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 189 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 100
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

Ian Batty on 4th February, 2013 wrote:

Ref: draft manuscript by Laurie Moore working title “A tale of Gypsey Smith convict and bushranger on the goldfields of Victoria”

Dianne Jones on 9th August, 2020 wrote:

William Sydenham SMITH per Layton 1829, tried at Taunton, Somerset, on 29 March 1828, life, was granted a Conditional Pardon, No 68/1, in 1868. The record from the Police Department Sydney, Convict Branch, is dated January 1869 and signed by the Inspector General of Police (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891).

Convict Changes History

Ian Batty on 4th February, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, alias2, date of birth 5th February, 1815, date of death 1879, gender, crime

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