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William Austin

William Austin, one of 176 convicts transported on the Mary, 28 August 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Austin
Aliases: Austen, Astin
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 24th June, 1854
Age: 65 years

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Nottingham Town Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 28th August, 1821
Arrival date: 23rd January, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 96
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Death Register, 1826-1879
Name; Wm Austen
Ship; Mary
Died - Parramatta
Date - 24/06/1854
Remarks: Invalid
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870

Name: William Austin . Age: 48
Birth Year: 1789
Pardon Date: 20 Nov 1837
Vessel Name: Mary
Record Type: Conditional
Pardon Number: 39/2
Calling; Labourer
Offence: Not Listed
Height; 5 Ft 8 inches
Complexion: Ruddy
Hair: Light
Eyes; Hazel

Maureen Withey on 20th February, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/2/301821 June

Prisoner name: William Austin (or William Astin) and Thomas Best.

Prisoner age: Best aged 18.

Court and date of trial: Nottinghamshire Lent Assizes 1821.

Crime: Burglary of Joshua Roper.

Initial sentence: Transportation for life.

Gaoler’s report: ‘Character reported bad by the Keeper of the Gaol’.

Annotated: Nil.

Petitioner(s): 13 people including the prosecutor and his previous masters on behalf of Best. Thomas Astin of Nottingham, father of William Austin on his behalf and 10 character references.

Grounds for clemency: Best: acknowledges justice of sentence; first offence; mother a widow with a large family of children. Austin: a dutiful and affectionate son; former good character.

Other papers: Thomas Denman enclosing the petition.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th July, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Austen, date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th June, 1854 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Maureen Withey on 20th February, 2021 made the following changes:

alias2: Astin

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