|Mother's ship:||Tasmania 2|
|Age when admitted:||5yrs|
|Date admitted:||9 Dec 1845|
|Date discharged:||22 Mar 1853|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||mother now free|
His mother, Esther Burgess, and his eldest sister, Mary, were convicted of stealing potatoes and transported for 7 years to Hobart Tasmania. William and his siblings were transported also as Esther was a widow and there was no one left in Ireland to look after them.
William was admitted at the age of 5 years on 9 December 1845. This was 6 days after arriving with her family in Tasmania. His mother, Esther, was a convict so any dependent children were placed in government care. William was discharged on 22 March 1853 to his mother, Esther, as she had served her sentence by then.
Nothing more is known about William Burgess.