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William Wiggins

William Wiggins, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord William Bentinck, 11 April 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Wiggins
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Date of Death: 8th February, 1847
Age: 38 years

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Southampton Town Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Lord William Bentinck
Departure date: 11th April, 1838
Arrival date: 26th August, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 319 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 250
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

D Wong on 24th November, 2019 wrote:

6/1/1838 Hampshire Advertiser Hampshire, England:
Louisa Light, aged 18, (R. W. imp.) was indicted for having on the 22nd day of November last, at the parish of St. Mary, unlawfully received from William Wiggins, one silver spoon of the value of five shillings, the property of property of William Betts, then late before feloniously stolen, taken and carried away by the said William Wiggins, the said Louisa Light well knowing the same to have been feloniously stolen, taken and carried away. The prisoner stood further charged with having on the 11th of October last, received from William Wiggins a diamond ring of the value of two pounds, well knowing the same to have been stolen.
The jury returned a verdict of William Wiggins, Guilty—Louisa Light, Not Guilty.
The same prisoner was next indicted for the stealing of the ring of Mr. Jellicoe, and pleaded Not Guilty.
The female prisoner, on being asked whether guilty or not guilty, said she did not know the ring was stolen…...The prisoners lived at a house of ill-fame in York-square…..
The Recorder, in addressing the male prisoner, commented on the number of depredations he had committed, and sentenced him on the first conviction to seven years transportation, and for the second indictment to seven years transportation, to commence on the expiration of the first sentence, and for the third indictment to be fined 6d.  The female prisoner having been convicted before, and still continuing her evil courses, was sentenced to transportation for seven years.

Louisa Light arrived NSW per ‘John Renwick’ 1838.

William Wiggins was listed as 29 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Whitney Oxfordshire.

Occupation: Cabinet maker/upholsterer.

William was 5’3” tall, dark complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, rt Arm below Elbow Hart and darts left Arm Crucifix H P S Hart & darts. Scar on Forehead.

A widower with 1 child.

16/8/1844: TOL

31/8/1844: Permission to marry Mary Ann Newman (free).

23/9/1844: Married Mary Ann Newman, 23, at St. Davids, Hobart Town. - William was 32, a bachelor and had a TOL.

24/2/1846: Recommended for a CP
7/1/1847: CP.

8/2/1847: William Wiggins died of Consumption, aged 37, at Hobart.
Listed as a storekeeper.

Mary Newman married John/Joannes Fox on 25/5/1846 at St Joseph’s, Hobart Town.  This was before William had died…
Mary became unwell and died in 1864.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th February, 1847 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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