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William Tansley

William Tansley, one of 270 convicts transported on the Nile, 18 September 1857

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Tansley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Stonecutter
Date of Death: 15th August, 1869
Age: 55 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: Assault and theft
Convicted at: Essex, Chelmsford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Nile
Departure date: 18th September, 1857
Arrival date: 1st January, 1858
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 234
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

Elizabeth Buckle (mem. No. 16000) on 9th April, 2012 wrote:

Lived in Coggeshall, Essex and was married to Lucy Wade, a silk worker.  They had five children - Hannah,(1838) Susan,(1840) Harriett,(1842) William (1845) and Walter (1848). At the tiem of his trial in 1849, they ranged in age from 1 - 10.
He had been a member of the infamous Coggeshall Gang which had terrorised the Essex countryside around Coggeshall along with his brother-in-law William Wade who was alos transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the Rodney for a period of 7 years.

Sue Chambers on 5th September, 2017 wrote:

He was part of the Coggeshall Gang who took part in a series of violent crimes took place in Coggeshall and surrounding villages between 1844 and 1848

chrissy on 16th June, 2018 wrote:

He was married to Lucy Wade as stated previous comments. Lucy wade was the daughter of Daniel Wade 1781-1824 and Anne !awrence 1786-1851. Lucy,s brothers Walter 1822-1888 and William 1820-1869. They were part of the gang as well as Samuel Crowe and others.  Walter was my great great grandfather he was a baker in Launceston and married Alice Phillips née Newton. Alice first husband died and left her with four daughters to raise. Alice went on to have ten more children with Walter. When he died he left Alice very comfortably off financially. He had a shop in the Temperance Hotel. Alice died in 1916. They are both buried in a Cypress Street Burial Ground.  There daughter Eliza was my great grandmother, she married Orlando William Mills. Their daughter Grace was my grandmother. She married Arthur Joseph Vincent Barry.  My email is chrissys250@gmail.com for further info .

Convict Changes History

Elizabeth Buckle (mem. No. 16000) on 9th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1814-00-00, date of death 1869-08-15, gender m

Sue Chambers on 5th September, 2017 made the following changes:


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