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William Edward Beard

William Edward Beard, one of 200 convicts transported on the China, 03 January 1846

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Edward Beard
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 2nd May, 1816
Occupation: Coachman
Date of Death: 27th June, 1887
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Rape
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: China
Departure date: 3rd January, 1846
Arrival date: 16th May, 1846
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 2
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

Ian Beard on 11th July, 2014 wrote:

Originally sent to Norfolk Island, arrived 16 May 1846. Transferred to Cascades Probation Station, 21 May 1847. Employed, 1 Sep 1849 by Doctor(later Sir)James Willson Agnew, House Surgeon, at Her Majesty’s General Hospital, Hobart as a carpenter. Granted Ticket of Leave, 25 October 1853. Married Mary Ann Jane Warrant, 9 Jan 1854. Granted Unconditional Pardon, 14 Aug 1855. Served as Police Constable 1865-1870

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 14th January, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816-05-02, date of death 1887-06-27, gender m

Ian Beard on 11th July, 2014 made the following changes:


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