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William Topping

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Topping
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1823
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 30th March, 1851
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stricking a superior officer in the army.
Convicted at: -
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Somersetshire
Departure date: 30th November, 1841
Arrival date: 30th May, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - Linctas
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 19th January, 2017 wrote:

William TOPPING came to Australia with the 99th Regiment, to New South Wales on the ship ‘Somersetshire’. 
Nov 1847: at Sydney Court Martial he was convicted of striking a superior officer. Life sentence, commuted to 14yrs.
Aged 27yrs; 5’7”; a shoemaker.
Native Place: Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Lady Franklin’ in Jan 1851 then sent to Norfolk Island (off the east coast of NSW, but administered by VDL at that time)Feb 1851.

30 March 1851: Died, in hospital, at Norfolk Island. (memo dated 31/03/1851)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 19th January, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - Linctas (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Topping, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1823, date of death: 30th March, 1851, gender: m, occupation, crime

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