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William Buckley, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||30th January, 1856
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 344
||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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D Wong on 8th April, 2017 wrote:
William Buckley was also known as the ‘wild white man’.
He was born at Marton, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, the son of a small farmer, but reared by his maternal grandfather, who sent him to school and apprenticed him to a bricklayer.
He joined the army, first the Cheshire Militia and then the 4th Rigiment. In 1799 he was wounded in action in the Netherlands.
2/8/1802: Sussex Assizes - conviced of having received a roll of cloth knowing it to have been stolen - Life.
April 1803 - Landed at Port Phillip in the Calcutta with a party under Lieutenant-Govenor David Collins - he and two others absconded from the camp - they sent distress signals to the Calcutta from the other side of Port Phillip Bay, but they were not noticed. Buckley’s friends turned back but were not heard of again.
Buckley was befriended by Aboriginals who believed the big (he was 6’6”) white stranger was a reincarnation of their dead tribal chief. He learnt their language and customs and was given a wife, by whom he had a daughter. He lived with them for 32 years.
In July 1835 he gave himself up and surrendered to a party at Indented Head. At first he had forgotten his own language, but was identified by the tattoo mark on his arm, and the initials “W.B.”. He obtained a pardon an was employed as an interpreter at a salary of £50. In December 1837 he left for Tasmania and became assistant store-keeper at the Immigrants’ Home and from 1841-1850 was gate-keeper at the Female Factory.
27/1/1840: Married Julia Eagers/Higgins, the widow of an emigrant, in New Town.
30/1/1856: William Buckley died at Hobart.
Convict Changes History
D Wong on 8th April, 2017 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1780 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th January, 1856 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime