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William Ashton

William Ashton, one of 300 convicts transported on the Lady Castlereagh, December 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ashton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Castlereagh
Departure date: December, 1817
Arrival date: 11th June, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 302 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 401 (202)
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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Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 wrote:

One of the early records which gives very little detail. Convicted at Middlesex Gaol, London. 7 yrs. ?offence. Transported on the ‘Lady Castlereagh’, departing 22 Dec 1817, arriving Van Diemen’s Land 11 June 1818. Convict no. 1666. Charged with Bushranging 26 Sep 1818 - 100 lashes and irons for 1 month. 12 Feb 1820 Absconded from gang - 50 lashes and to be transferred to Newcastle 3yrs. (ref. Tasmanian Archives - page 12.)

Anonymous on 15th June, 2012 wrote:

William Ashton was 18 years old when indicted for stealing 1 gold watch, value 10l., 2 gold seals value 2l., a gold key value 5s., a metal key value 2d., and other articles the property of Edward Ogilvie.

12/1/1820: Absconded from the Road Gang - 50 lashes and to be transported to Newcastle for 3 years.

6/11/1823: COF (Syd.Gazette)

Syd. Gaz.) William Ashton free by servitude, hired servant to John Liquorish, Toongabbie, absconded with a silver watch.  Any information to aid his capture $4.00

26/7/1826: (Syd.Gaz.) William Ashton who was found guilty of assaulting a six year old girl was placed in the pillory, opposite the Court House,Windsor.  The punishment is to be renewed quarterly for 2 years. (Many William Ashtons, but I think this may by him.)

27/10/1828: NOTICE;

Anonymous on 15th June, 2012 wrote:

27/10/1828: NOTICE: All persons are cautioned against employing or in any way harbouring William Ashton, who was hired by Mr. Richard Fitzgerald, of Windsor, for twelve months, as a shepherd, and after receiving provisions, with sundry other articles, was put in charge of a valuable flock of sheep in the interior, which he deserted.
Ashton is a free man, having a certificate stating he had been employed for some years by Mr Liquorish of Toongabbee, as a Shepherd.  He is about 5’3" high, dark sallow complexion; arrived in 1820 by the Lady Castlereagh, and is thought to be gone into Argyleshire.  Dated, September 25th 1828.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 15th June, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1798-00-00

Anonymous on 13th June, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

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