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William Brailsford

William Brailsford, one of 300 convicts transported on the Isabella, 11 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Brailsford
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 5th April, 1887
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Notts. Town Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 11th July, 1833
Arrival date: 14th November, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 299 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 171 (87)
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

Tim Bowser on 15th April, 2018 wrote:

William entered crime at an early age and along with another thirteen-year-old child, Samuel Greensmith, in the week before Christmas 1831, William was sentenced to four months hard labour in the House of Correction for stealing 26 yards of ribbon, value £1, the property of George Brewster. The birthplace on his court record is Nottingham, St Mary. His repeat offence was six months later, for picking the pocket of Samuel Grundy and stealing a silk handkerchief. This offence resulted in a trial on the 4th July 1832 at the Nottingham Quarter sessions.
William Brailsford was sent to Point Puer, Port Arthur, this transfer recorded in the convict muster of 1835.
William Brailsford and Margaret Leonard permission to marry was published in the Hobart Town Gazette on Tuesday 17th December 1844, a short time after Margaret was granted her Ticket of Leave. From birth records of their children they lived at 55 Brisbane Street, Hobart, and while Margaret was able to sign her name William only used an X.
Five children resulted from the marriage of William Brailsford and Margaret Leonard. Three children were born in Hobart, with the first Mary Jane dying at only four months of age. Amelia Brailsford was born in Hobart in 1851 and has left a long line of Australian descendants.

Convict Changes History

Tim Bowser on 15th April, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th April, 1887 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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