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Henry Williams

Henry Williams, one of 350 convicts transported on the Barrosa, 27 August 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Barossa
Departure date: 27th August, 1841
Arrival date: 13th January, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 349 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 356 http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch https://libraries.tas.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx
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 13th November, 2011 wrote:

I have located a tin box which may have belonged to Henry Williams. Inside it says;
"H Williams Left London the 29th August 1841 landed on the 13 January 1842" 

Ian Broinowski

D Wong on 9th May, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
5th April 1841
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

HENRY WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March, 2 breast-pins and chain, value 10s.; the goods of Leonard Hill, Gent, from his person.

LEONARD HILL, GENT. I live at St. Andrew’s-hill. On the 20th of March I was in the Post-office—I had two pins and a chain in my stock—after putting a letter into the Post-office, I missed my pins—these now produced are them, and what I lost—I had them safe immediately before going into the Post-office.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How do you know you had them? A. I happened to look, on buttoning my coat, and saw I had them in my handkerchief—I put a letter into the General Post-office, and then had to put one into the Twopenny Post—and turning round, I found I had lost my pins—I turned round to see if I could see a person in the office, and the officer said, “Have you lost any thing?”—I should think a quarter of an hour transpired before it was found—there were not persons searching about—no one knew I lost them but the officer—I did not speak aloud to the officer—there were a great many persons about just before six o’clock—the officer was not in a police dress—there were persons there, but not standing by—I cannot swear that they did not hear me.

ROBERT TYRRELL. I was on duty about six o’clock that evening—I saw the prisoner with this letter in his hand—it was sealed then, and has been opened since by the Alderman—he was reaching with it over the prosecutor’s shoulder—knowing him, I kept my eye on him—he pressed very hard, and returned without putting the letter in—he went to another window—the prosecutor turned and said, “I have lost my pin”—I said, “Keep your eye on me”—the clock struck—the prisoner was then going away—I stopped him and said, “What have you got about you?”—he said “Nothing”—I searched, and in his pocket I found this pocketbook and this pin, loose—I asked where he got it—he said, “It is my own, I bought it at Manchester three months ago, and gave 14s. for it”—the prosecutor saw me pull it out—he said instantly, “It is my pin.”

Cross-examined. Q. How far was he from the prosecutor when he was going away? A. About four yards, I think—when the gentleman turned it was two minutes to six o’clock, and it was about two minutes after six that I took the prisoner.

(Alfred Johnson, carpenter and joiner, King-street, Snow-hill; and Wells, carpenter, White Horse-alley; gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 22.— Transported for Ten Years.

Theft: pocketpicking.
5th April 1841
Verdict Not Guilty > unknown

HENRY WILLIAMS was again indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Edward Ruff, from his person.

EDWARD RUFF. I am a mapmounter, living in Brook-street, Lambeth. On the 20th of March I was in Fleet-street, and I missed my handkerchief—I was using it in Cornhill and Cheapside—I missed it as soon as I got to Fleet-street—I do not think I could drop it—I had left home about one o’clock in the day.

ROBERT TYRRELL. I searched the prisoner in the Post-office, and found these handkerchiefs on him—this one was marked “E. Ruff,” and the Alderman had it advertised—the prosecutor attended.

Prisoner’s Defence. On the 20th of March I went to Field-lane to buy a handkerchief—I looked out two white ones, one silk and the other cambric; and the name being on the corner of one, he said I should have the two for 3s. it is the third shop from Holborn; I am in the habit of buying in Field-lane.

ROBERT TYRRELL re-examined. He did not tell me so—this is the first I have heard of it.

Henry Williams was listed as being 27 years old on arrival in VDL.
Native lace: Reading, Berkshire.

Henry was 5’6¾” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair and whiskers, blue eyes, stout made, literate, single, protestant.

Father: Richard at native place.
Brothers: Richard, Thomas, William, John.
Sister: Rebecca.

16/2/1847: Ticket of Leave

Nov. 1847: Permission to Marry Emma Harling (Garland Grove 1841) - Henry aged 32, a bachelor and a carpenter - Emma aged 32, a spinster.
14/11/1848: Conditional Pardon.

21/2/1848: Married Emma Harling (Garland Grove 1841) at St. Johns Church, New Town.

3/2/1843: Emma Harling gave birth to an unnamed male child at New Town.
No children listed for Henry and Emma.

No death date found for Henry (too many Henry Williams in VDL to be sure it was him.)

Ian Broinowski on 26th May, 2019 wrote:

I have located a small tin box owned by Henry Williams which he bought out with him from England. I would be happy to find a home for it. Please contact Ian Broinowski ibroinowski@netspace.net.au

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th May, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 356 http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch https://libraries.tas.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91,

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