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William Wilkinson

William Wilkinson, one of 220 convicts transported on the Henry Tanner, 27 June 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Wilkinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 15th August, 1839
Age: 34 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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Henry Tanner
Departure date: 27th June, 1834
Arrival date: 26th October, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 377 (190)
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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D Wong on 31st December, 2015 wrote:

William Wilkinson was tried along with John Apperley (also on board) for robbing Joseph King in Rodborough lane, Gloucester.

9/4/1834 Morning Chronicle:
At the Gloucester Assizes, on Monday, two young men of very respectable appearance, names John Apperly and William Wilkinson, were charged with having robbed Mr. King, of money and notes to the amount of 100/. – The prosecutor, who is upwards of 70 years of age was returning home after having attended Stroud Market, when the prisoners stopped him in an unfrequented part of the road, and robbed him.  They were apprehended when they attempted to pay away some of the notes they had taken.
Apperley then said, he wished they had killed the old man, and then he could not have come against them.

Verdict, Guilty.

Mr. Justice Paterson; Prisoners you did not inflict any serious violence on Mr. King, tho’ one of you made a most dreadful threat.  I shall not leave you for execution, because that would be holding out a temptation for carrying such threats into effect.  Wherever great violence is used I shall always feel it by duty to leave the offenders for execution; but where there is no more violence used than was necessary to commit the offence, I think I am justified in recommending the parties to his Majesty’s mercy.  You must both of you leave this country forever and be kept to hard labour in chained gangs for eight years.

15/8/1839: Convict Death Register: William died at the Goulburn Hospital, aged 34.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 31st December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th August, 1839 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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