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Henry Williscroft

Henry Williscroft, one of 249 convicts transported on the Joseph Somes, 02 June 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Williscroft
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1831
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing rabbits
Convicted at: Worcester, Worcester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Joseph Somes
Departure date: 2nd June, 1847
Arrival date: 24th September, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip
Passenger manifest Travelled with 250 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 191 (97)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 11th December, 2013 wrote:

Henry Williscroft was one of 3 brothers, the sons of Joseph and Mary Ann Williscroft.  Joseph was 14 and a shoemaker and Frederick was 12 and a labourer.  They were 3 destitute brothers who had been “Living by their wits”.  When convicted the court, taking into consideration their destitute condition, sentenced then to 7 years transportation, with a view of making future provision for them.

Henry was convicted of stealing 2 rabbits and a pair of boots.  He was 13 years old when convicted and 16 years old on arrival in Victoria.

25/4/1844: Sent to Parkhurst prison and was taught to be a tailor.  Henry could read and write imperfectly.

Henry disembarked the Joseph Somes in Geelong and worked as a general servant for George Faithful at Wangaratta.  His salary was £20 per annum including rations.

1852: Unclaimed letter with Mr Saunders of Melbourne.

Feb. 1853: There was a H Williscroft who set sail for London per the “Bombay” on the 18th.

The Bombay made it to Rio and Henry does not appear to have stayed in Brazil, but no other records of him found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1831, gender, crime

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