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William Bates

William Bates, one of 106 convicts transported on the Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Mary, January 1791

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bates
Aliases: William Butts
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1763
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1821
Age: 58 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Northampton, Peterborough Quarter Sessions, Oyer and Terminer Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander and William and Ann
Departure date: January, 1791
Arrival date: 9th July, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1019 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 126
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

Denis Pember on 7th March, 2016 wrote:

William was transported on the “William and Ann”.
In the colony he married Catharine Malone (Convict, Sugar Cane, 1793).
They married at Parramatta, June 5th 1794.
They did have one or perhaps two children but they do not appear to have survived infancy.
In the 1802 Muster [Ref AF273 & AG158], Catherine and William had 30 acres of land 24 of which was cleared, 12 sown with wheat, 8 pigs. They were both Off Stores but no children are shown.
Things must have deteriorated in 1805 because…
The following appeared in the Sydney Gazette:
“... William Butts, settler hereby forbids any person accrediting on his account Catherine Butts, his wife (formerly Catherine Malone), as no debt or debts by her contracted will be acknowledged or discharged by him, the said William Butts.”

In 1806 [Ref A3232] Catherine is listed as a Hospital Nurse at Parramatta.
William [Ref A0233] is single.

By the 1814 Muster Catherine [Ref 3094] is noted as “Wife of William Butts” Off Stores. No children are listed.  They appear to be back together. However, in the mean time, Catherine has had a child William Fry born 1812. The father was Samuel Fry (Convict, Royal Admiral 1797).

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 7th March, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: William Butts, date of birth: 1763 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1821 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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