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John Williams

John Williams, one of 369 convicts transported on the Dromedary, 11 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Labourer
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 7 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dromedary
Departure date: 11th September, 1819
Arrival date: 10th January, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 369 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 208
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 7th March, 2018 wrote:


Old Bailey:
JOHN WILLIAMS, Theft > animal theft, 17th September 1817.

Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of July, three live tame geese, price 15s., and seven eggs, value 6d., the goods of William Jerdan.

WILLIAM JERDAN I live at Old Brompton. On the 31st of July, my geese were taken from my coach-house, and the eggs from the hen-house.

WILLIAM M’CABLE. I am a watchman in Sloane-square, Chelsea. On the 31st of July, between five and six o’clock in the morning, I stopped the prisoner with the geese and eggs, all dead, in a cloth. He said they were old rags.

RICHARD MAYBANK.  The prisoner was brought to the watch-house with the bundle; the geese were quite hot, I found the eggs in his hat-Mr. Jerdan claimed them. There were four locks broken open in the house.
Prisoner’s Defence. I met a man, who asked me to carry them.

GUILTY. Aged 18.
Transported for Seven Years.

John Williams was listed as being 21 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born in Surrey.

John was 5’3¾” tall, brown hair, light brown eyes.

Occupation: Labourer/Gardener.

22/2/1830: Stealing a hat, the property of Garrett Neale - charge dismissed.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 7th March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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