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William Yem

William Yem, one of 99 convicts transported on the Hoogley, 31 October 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Yem
Aliases: William Wem
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Painter & glazier
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hooghley
Departure date: 31st October, 1827
Arrival date: 24th February, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 287 (145). NSW State Records, Convict Index, TOL[4/4086; Reel 918]& COF[4/4321; Reel 992]
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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Iris Dunne on 24th January, 2017 wrote:

Born London
Occupation: Glass Cutter
Tried 5 March 1827
Ticket of Leave No. 32/1102 District Goulburn Plains
Certificate of Freedom, No.34/0414, 23 April 1834

Iris Dunne on 24th January, 2017 wrote:

William Wem had a good countenance - written in Convict Indents, Muster by Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay

D Wong on 25th January, 2017 wrote:

10/3/1827 Morning Post London, England:
SURREY .SESSIONS—Friday, March 9
William Yem, aged 15, was convicted of stealing several articles of glass from Messrs. Stocks and Green, to whom he was apprenticed.

21/4/1829 The Australian, Sydney:
James Gardener and William Yems, for burglary.

27/4/1829: Executed.

28/4/1829 Sydney Gazette:
Yesterday morning eight unfortunate criminals underwent the punishment awarded by law to the heinous offences of which they
had been convicted, at the place of execution.
Their names were Patrick Riley, William Bowen, Thomas Slater, James Gallagher, John Crowther, James Smart, James Gardiner, and William Yems.
Riley, Bowen, and Gallagher were Roman Catholics, and were attended by the Rev. Mr. THERRY, whose endeavours to bring the two former of these unhappy men to a due sense of the awful situation in which they were placed, and the success which attended his exertions, we are informed, were most strenuous and complete.
On the day preceeding their execution (Sunday) they displayed
the most reckless conduct, and declared their intention never to ascend the fatal Fix this textplatform unless carried there by force.
They died, however, apparently in extreme penitence for their past offence. The other culprits were attended by the Rev. Wm.
COWPER. The spectacle of eight human beings deliberately hurried out of the world is one appalling to the feelings of humanity,
but the unfortunate state of society in this Colony, and the manifold increase of crime which each succeeding criminal calendar presents, renders a striking example a matter of imperious necessity. May it have the desired effect.

NOW WE COME TO ONE OF THE JOYS OF RESEARCHING CONVICTS - There was only 1 “Yem/Yems” as a convict and that was William - but then I found the following:

28/8/1838 Sydney Gazette:
NOTICE is hereby, that on Thursday last WILLIAM YEM, (Free Man), absconded from my service at the Brickfield Hill, George-street, carrying with him £28 in money ; whoever will apprehend and lodge in safe custody the said William Yem, will receive the above reward, provided he has as much remaining of the money. Description-Name, William Yem ;
nativo place, London ; trade or calling, Glass Cutter;
year of birth, 1811;
height, 5 feet 2 inches ;
complexion, fair ruddy ;
hair, light sandy to brown ;
eyes, brown ;
per ship Hooghly (2) ;
year of arrival, 1828;
general remarks-small scar back of fore finger left hand, aa 1 mark on the neck.
Sydney, 27th August, 1838.

5/9/1838 The Sydney Monitor:
EMBEZZLEMENT.-Yesterday week, a person named Ralph Whalan, sent a quantity of sugar in charge of a man named William Yem; to the house of Mrs. Terry, in Pitt-street, for which he received
£28 6s 6d. but he never returned home. On Wednesday, as Whalan was proceeding to Windsor, on the coach, to see the races, he accidently saw Yem, standing in company with another man at the door of Ireland’s, ” Plough Inn,” on the Parrnmatta road; Upon Yem seeing him he took sometlhing from his pocket and handed it behind him to his companion; Whalan jumped from the coach and
seizing both of them, called upon Ireland for assistance, which he refused, and, Yem’s companion escaped: Yem said if he would go with him to Sydney he would give him a £5 pound note; they came to Sydney, and on the road, Yem handed to hin 15s; when they arrived it town, Yem would not consent to give up the five pounds, unless he was allowed to speak to his companion; while this matter was being discussed in a public house, a constable entered, who held the warrantt against Yem for the embezzlement and took him into custody. Whalan handed over the 15s. to the Police and Yem was remanded. — No outcome found.

Nothing further in the papers, nothing on NSW BDM.

D Wong on 25th January, 2017 wrote:

William’s occupation was a ‘Glazier’.

Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 24th January, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 287 (145). NSW State Records, Convict Index, TOL[4/4086; Reel 918]& COF[4/4321; Reel 992] (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, C

D Wong on 25th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 25th January, 2017 made the following changes:


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