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William Board

William Board, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Board
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: 1st March, 1833
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Coining
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 376
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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Denis Pember on 14th February, 2016 wrote:

William and his wife Elizabeth were convicted at the Old Bailey, of ‘coining charges’ in that they had been making counterfeit Sixpences.

#Note: Only a small part of the Old Bailey Transcript is attached, since the whole thing takes many pages.
Old Bailey online transcript t18050220-79:

WILLIAM BOARD and ELIZABETH BOARD were indicted for that they, not having the fear of God before their eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, on the 20th of January, feloniously and traiterously did forge, counterfeit, and coin, a piece of base, false, and counterfeited coin, called a sixpence, made to the likeness of and for a good sixpence, in the similitude and likeness of good and legal current coin of this realm, made of metal, falsely and deceitfully did colour with materials producing the colour of silver.
Second Count, For that they one other round piece of base, false, and counterfeited, coin, called a sixpence, did forge, counterfeit, and coin, and caused to be forged, counterfeited, and coined, made of metal, falsely and deceitfully did colour with materials to produce the colour of silver, against their allegiance to the King, and against the form of the statute.
(There follows pages of what was discovered and exactly the process which was used to coat base metal with silver, this is quite an extensive discourse with a sound scientific basis).
The prisoners left their defence to their Counsel.
William Board, GUILTY, Death, aged 30.
Elizabeth Board, GUILTY, Death, aged 30.
The Jury recommended the woman prisoner to mercy, on account of her having acted under the influence of her husband.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

Denis Pember on 14th February, 2016 wrote:

The couple were both reprieved and Transported, William came on “Fortune” in 1806 and Elizabeth on “William Pitt” the same year.
Their 2 daughters, Elizabeth 1796 and Harriet 1802 and the son, George C1795, also came to the colony at the same time.  The couple then had a further 2 children in the colony, Gregory 1809 and Mary Ann 1812.

Denis Pember on 14th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 53…
[Ref B1472] Board, William, 56, conditional pardon, Fortune 1805 life, bricklayer, George Street Sydney
[Ref B1473] Board, Elizth. 56 conditional pardon, Wm. Pitt, 1805, life
[Ref B1474] Board, Mary A. 17 born in the colony.
[Ref B1475] Board, Gregory, 19, born in the colony, lodger at Wm. Hodges, Kent Street Sydney.
# There is no sign of the elder son George in the census returns. However, the two elder daughters do appear with their husbands and families:
[Ref A0790] Elizabeth, married to Henry Austin (Convict, Tellicherry, 1806).
[Ref H2006] Harriet, married to William Hodges (Convict, Royal Admiral, 1800).

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 14th February, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1st March, 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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