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William Bowdler

William Bowdler, one of 305 convicts transported on the Maitland, 19 March 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Bowdler
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: Chimney sweep
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Stealing fowls
Convicted at: Salop Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Maitland
Departure date: 19th March, 1840
Arrival date: 14th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 167 (85)
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

D Wong on 6th October, 2018 wrote:

William Bowdler was 51 years old on arrival - Native Place: Salisbury.

William was transported for ‘Stealing ducks’.

William was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’3” tall, dark sallow and freckled complexion, brown hair, chestnut eyes, nose a little crooked, scar on left cheekbone, another on centre of upper lip, scar on right eyebrow, another outside right eye, scar over left ear, two scars inside middle finger of right hand, scar back of middle finger of left hand.

1846: TOL Bathurst

27/5/1848 Bathurst Advocate, NSW;
William Bowdler, who was charged with the same offence (Drunkenness) pleaded that he was sober, and it was proved that he was in such a drunken state as to be unable to walk to the watchhouse.  He was sentenced to pay 10s. as a fine, or retire to the cells for twenty-four hours.

No date of death found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 6th October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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