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William Butters

William Butters, one of 254 convicts transported on the Sarah, 29 November 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Butters
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 29th August, 1813
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 8th August, 1893
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a pig
Convicted at: Norfolk Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sarah
Departure date: 29th November, 1836
Arrival date: 29th March, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 253 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 409 (207)
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

Anonymous on 7th September, 2012 wrote:

William was 23 years old on arrival in VDL.  Transported for stealing 2 pigs.

William was 5’6" tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, small scar on breast, stout made, right leg been broken.

25/1/1838: Neglect of work - 30 lashes.

24/3/1841: TOL
1843: COF.

1843: Married Mary Steward/STeward (Platina 1837) at Avoca, Tasmania.

17/11/1845: There was a passenger William Butters per Henry from George Town to Adelaide - no Mary, however, there was also a Reverend William Butters in Tasmania around the same time, so it could have been him ??

Helen Lang on 10th May, 2016 wrote:

Married Margaret Forbes Bounty Immigrant in Warrnambool 5 April 1853 but no record found re what happened to 1st wife Mary Stewart

He had been ironed on the hulks ?reason

Helen Lang on 13th May, 2016 wrote:

Tas., Archives No’s CON 18/20 no 2592 C0N 31/3 2593, 579 1843 [Free Cert] C0N52/2p18,
Died Ecklin South ,buried Terang Vic.
He and Margaret Forbes had 6 Children

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 7th September, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Helen Lang on 10th May, 2016 made the following changes:


Helen Lang on 13th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 29th August, 1813 (prev. 0000), date of death: 8th August, 1893 (prev. 0000)

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