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William Williams

William Williams, one of 198 convicts transported on the Camden, 21 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 26th December, 1836
Age: 31 years

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 Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Camden
Departure date: 21st March, 1831
Arrival date: 25th July, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 197 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 61 (33)
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 16th May, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: pocketpicking.
16th September 1830
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

WILLIAM WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of July, 1 snuff-box, value 5l., the goods of Thomas Barnewall, from his person.

THOMAS BARNEWALL. I live in Coleman-street-buildings. On the 29th of July, about two o’clock in the afternoon, I was in Bartholomew-lane, and felt my silver snuff-box going from my outside coat pocket; I turned round and saw two people, the prisoner was one - I saw his hand coming out of my pocket; the other man ran up Lothbury, and the prisoner went down Throgmorton-street - I followed and not meeting an officer, I rushed forward and seized him without losing sight of him; I did not find my box - I am quite certain I saw his hand come out of my pocket; he expressed great surprise at being seized, and when I said I would not let him go, he said if I would walk with him a little way the thing should be settled - I refused; he then made a desperate resistance; I was obliged to knock him down twice - I at last secured him; I never lost sight of him - the box cost me 7l. or 8l., and was safe a few minutes before.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What became of his hand, did you lose sight of that? A. I cannot say I saw his hand all the time - he was alone after I saw him; the box was small - there was a crowd about the Auctionmart door, where it occurred; if I had seized him at the moment perhaps I should have been floored, for that happened once before - he threw nothing away; I have no doubt the other man received the box - whether the prisoner had any thing in his hand when I saw it come from my pocket I cannot say: I did not follow him above twenty yards - he did not say if I went with him it should be explained, but that it should be settled; he said that three or four times.

Prisoner’s Defence. I solemnly declare my innocence - instead of positive proof you have only the prosecutor’s statement, and that consisting only of suspicion that he lost his property, but nothing whatever occurred to implicate me; I was passing through the City, and on arriving at Angel-court, was most roughly laid hold of by the prosecutor and charged with stealing a snuff-box - I offered him every satisfaction in my power, but when I was roughly treated I certainly offered resistance as any body would; he swore he saw me at the Auction-mart, and saw me take away his property, but quietly pursued me for the purpose of giving me into custody - I presume had any of you been robbed you would have seized the thief in the act; but what does his conduct argue but that he was uncertain where and when he lost his property; he has varied in his description of the box, and if mistaken in one thing he may be in another - a gentleman inquired what was the matter; he exclaimed that he had lost a gold snuff-box - at the Mansion-house he said it was silver, and worth 8l. or 10l., at the last examination he said 5l.; I have ascertained that just previous to the robbery he had a serious fit of illness, which may have impaired his mind.

GUILTY. Aged 25. - Transported for Life.

William Williams was listed as 25 years old on arrival.  Born 1805 according to his trial and Convict Indent—the record of his death at Port Macquarie lists him as 52, born 1784.

Native Place: Islington.

Occupation: Jeweller/servant two years.

William was literate, protestant, married with 1 male child, 5’3ΒΌ” tall, dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, light brown eyes, scar inside left arm, small one over right eye, and small dark mole opposite left corner of nose.

26/12/1836: Convict Death Register:
]William Williams died at Port Macquarie.  Listed as 52.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 26th December, 1836 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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