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Charles Vimpany

Charles Vimpany, one of 320 convicts transported on the John Barry, 02 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Vimpany
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: John Barry
Departure date: 2nd April, 1834
Arrival date: 11th August, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 318 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 322
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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Anonymous on 28th August, 2011 wrote:

Charles was convicted at teh old Bailey. His eldest brother, Edmund Vimpany. came to Tasmania at about the time Charles arrived. Edmund had a large family and his descendents can be found in Tasmania today. Charles however is believed to have returned to England where he died of TB. I have details of Charles and Edmund’s family in London.  I am happy to receive emails to jvimpani @ gmail.com. You will have to omit the spaces in the address.

Anonymous on 22nd June, 2012 wrote:

More references to Charles have been uncovered. He was a leading street boy, having a gang of a dozen other boys. Often in trouble with the law, he was sent to Port Arthur when just 14 years old. Big brother George was a well-known counterfeiter. He did not make it to Australia, because he was physically deformed and so spent three sessions in goals in England.

D Wong on 20th December, 2015 wrote:

Charles Vimpany was listed as being 15 years old on arrival in VDL according to Tasmanian records – however at his trial he is listed as being 24???
His occupation was listed as a ‘Boy’.

Charles was 4’11 1/2” tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, light grey eyes, anchor, C.V. heart woman on left arm, sailor, E.V. heart darts on right arm.

15/4/1835: Determined riotous and unproper conduct in the cell.
1835: Transported to Port Arthur.

Old Bailey:
CHARLES VIMPANY, Theft > simple larceny, 11th April 1833.

Reference Number: t18330411-81
Offence: Theft > simple larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

CHARLES VIMPANY was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of April , 1 pair of boots, value 5s. , the goods of Eliza Jones .

ELIZA JONES. I am single , and keep a haberdasher’s shop in Stockbridge-terrace, Pimlico . On the night of the 3rd of April I missed a pair of woman’s boots from my window, which I had seen safe five minutes before.
JAMES NICHOLLS. I live in Webster’s cottages, Westminster, and drive a cab. I was at Stockbridge-terrace on the evening of the 3rd of April - I saw the prisoner come out of the prosecutrix’s shop, with a pair of ladies boots, which he gave to another boy, and they ran off; I gave notice of it; I am sure the prisoner had them.
Prisoner. He is a thief himself; he told me to go and take the boots - I would not, and he went and took them - because we would not give him any of the money, he said he would tell of me. Witness. I had never seen him before.
STEPHEN SAMUEL SHEPPEY . I lived at Mr. Jones, a pawnbroker. On the 3rd of April these boots were pawned, between six and seven o’clock in the evening, by Elizabeth Cryer , in the name of Perry.
GEORGE SPOTTISWOOD PECK. I am an officer. I took the prisoner in his father’s house, on the 4th of April; he told me where the boots were pawned; I took the prosecutrix there, and she identified them.
ELIZABETH CRYER. I live in St. Alban’s-mews, and am a flower-maker. I was going out on an errand, and met the prisoner, who asked me to pawn the boots - he said they were his mother’s; Taylor and Harris were with him.
JAMES NICHOLLS re-examined. Q. How came you not to stop him? A. I knew he had not got them, for he gave them to another boy in a fustian jacket.
Prisoner. He took them, and gave them to me. Witness. I did not - I was in the middle of the road.(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY *. Aged 24. - Transported for Seven Years.

Charles was 4’11 1/2” tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, light grey eyes, anchor, C.V. heart woman on left arm, sailor, E.V. heart darts on right arm.

15/4/1835: Determined riotous and unproper conduct in the cell.
1835: Transported to Port Arthur.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 20th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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