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William Adams

William Adams, one of 200 convicts transported on the John, 09 October 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Adams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 23rd November, 1887
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 9th October, 1830
Arrival date: 28th January, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 498
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 9th January, 2015 wrote:

William Adams was 16 years old and was transported for ‘Stealing a basin containing money’.  His occupation was a Factory Boy.

William was 5’0 1/4” tall, brown hair and eyes, pale complexion.

1832 Muster: Assigned to Mr Risely
1833 Muster: Assigned to Mr J Vincent.
1835 Muster: TOL

7/10/1837: Tried at Launceston Supreme Court for Burglary with 2 others.  All were given the death penalty, however the 2 others exonerated Adams with their last dying breaths and he was sent to Norfolk Island for life.

30/12/1846: Returned to VDL per ‘Lady Franklin’.

21/12/1847: TOL

10/12/1849: Married Jane Balf at St Josephs Catholic Church, Launceston.  He was now a bricklayer and 33 years old.  Jane listed as 23 and a housemaid.

Then moved to Victoria.

No date of death for James but he was buried in the Hospital Section of the Mooroopna Cemetery, Victoria.

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 wrote:

William & Jane (Balf) Adams had seven children - see Jane Balf for details

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 wrote:

William’s move to Victoria was not with the approval of authorities and in 1857 he was charged with being a prisoner of the Crown illegally at large from Van Diemen’s Land.

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 wrote:

William was remanded to Castlemaine
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Wednesday 18 February 1857

Michael Keegan on 10th January, 2015 wrote:

William & Jane (Balf) Adams were present on the 16th October 1856 when the first policeman in Victoria to die on duty, Sergeant John McNally, was murdered on the Cathcart goldfields near Ararat

Michael Keegan on 10th January, 2015 wrote:

William Adams gave evidence for the crown against William Twigham who was charged with the murder of Sergeant McNally (Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), Thursday 26 February 1857)

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd November, 1887 (prev. 0000)

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 made the following changes:

source: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wednesday 14 January 1857 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 498)

Michael Keegan on 9th January, 2015 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 498 (prev. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wednesday 14 January 1857)

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