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George Willey

George Willey, one of 160 convicts transported on the Southworth, 23 June 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Willey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 25th July, 1884
Age: 71 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: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: York (West Riding) Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Southworth
Departure date: 23rd June, 1830
Arrival date: 19th October, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 393 (199)
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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Frank Richardson on 23rd November, 2012 wrote:

George was given a ‘Ticket of leave’ in 1838 and a conditional pardon in 1842.

George married Martha White but I am not sure of the year.  He and Martha might have formed a defacto relationship in 1851 but from an account by Martha they were married on Black Thursday 1864.

George and Martha had 14 children - 13 survived childhood.

At the age of 71, George died of bronchial pneumonia and was buried in the Donald (Victoria) Cemetery.

George and Martha were my great, great grandparents

Frank Richardson on 24th November, 2012 wrote:

Please disregard my previous remarks about the marriage of George Willey and Martha Smith - one reference gave their marriage date coinciding with the painting of, “Black Thursday” but the painting was not created until 13 years later in 1864

In 1838 George received his “Ticket of Leave” and a conditional pardon in 1842. George was stalwart individual - during his time as a convict he reeived 175 lashes and other punishments.

George married Martha White 14th February 1851 - 8 days after Black Thursday 1851 - at St Peter’s Port Philip (Melbourne) Martha was just 15 years of age.

George and Martha had 14 Children. Thirteen of the children survived infancy.

George might have been classed as a grazier but he met with only limited success.  His original occupation is given as “File Cutter”

George died of bronchial pneumonia and was buried at Donald, Victoria.

Martha survived George by almost 20 years - she died on 3rd January 1914 at Donald Victoria.

I am the grandson of their daughter Annie

jennie jackson on 13th July, 2016 wrote:

George Willey was one of 23 convicts in an ‘affray’ in the Angel Inn Ross VDL Dec 25th 1834. For this he was sent to Port Arthur with Thomas Herbert and one other, presumably the 3 ring leaders. One man was given 100 lashes in front of the other men. James Colbeck, eventually the convict stonemason and overseer of the Ross Bridge, was sent down to Hobart. Ref Lesley Greener The Ross Bridge; Conduct records of the convicts; Susan Hood, Port Arthur Convict Study Centre.

Convict Changes History

Frank Richardson on 24th November, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1813, date of death 25th July, 1884, gender, occupation, crime

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