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Details for the convict William Bursill (1820)

Convict Name:William Bursill
Trial Place:Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:28 June 1820
Arrival Details
Ship:Asia I (1)
Arrival Year:1820
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William, son of Francis and Elizabeth, was born on the 19th of March, 1803 in St Pancras, London, England.
At the age of 17 William appeared at the Old Baily on the 30th of June 1820 indicted for stealing one seal, value 18s., and two rings, value 2s., from the person of Edward Brannan. He was found guilty and transported for life.
He left England from Sheerness on the 3rd of September 1820 aboard the convict ship "Asia I", and arrived in Sydney on the 28th of December 1820.
William worked at Longbottom Farm, the government farm where the suburb of Concord is now. He then worked for Samuel Terry in 1825 and Thomas Galvin of Upper Minto in 1828 on a farm of 270 acres.
On the 29th of June 1829 he was granted his Ticket of Leave.
He operated tanning pits in the early 1830s before moving briefly to the Illawarra area. Over the next 10-15yrs he was described variously as a shoemaker, storekeeper, auctioneer and farmer.
On 2 Jun 1843 he was charged with allowing his horse to stray on the streets of Campbelltown.
His shop at 292-294 Queen St., Campbelltown was built in 1844 and still stands today. He sold it to William Fowler for 375 pounds in 1850.
When news spread of a gold strike in 1851 William and eldest son William Jnr joined 5 others who walked to the goldfields at Summerhill creek.
William rejoined his family possibly later in 1851, but soon returned to the Turon goldfields this time with his wife and children The route took them to Bathurst and from there a rough track led to the goldfields, with steep inclines where many diggers suffered broken axles and upturned carts. It has been surmised that Hannah was probably pregnant by the time they arrived at Sofala.
By December 1852, son Timothy was born in Sofala and Williams occupation was given as storekeeper.
In 1855 William Bursill, shoemaker, sold 3 rods and 12 perches of land near the junction of New Manangle Rd and Old Cowpasture Rd south of Campbelltown to George Fieldhouse, publican, for 80 pounds.
In 1857 William Bursill, farmer, sold land to William Danskine, wheelwright, in the same area.
In 1865, on the occasion of a special Tea Meeting celebrated by St Davids Presbyterian Church at Campbelltown, William presided on the harmonium.
He died in 1872 while living in Albert St., Redfern. His body was returned to Campbelltown and interred in the Presbyterian cemetery.

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/3, p.378

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