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William Caldwell

William Caldwell, one of 254 convicts transported on the Sir Robert Peel, 06 September 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Caldwell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Poaching
Convicted at: Lancaster, Kirkdale Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir Robert Peel
Departure date: 6th September, 1844
Arrival date: 26th December, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 253 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 179 (91)
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

David Caldwell on 3rd August, 2015 wrote:

William’s father was James Caldwell (1780-1867), farmer of Knowsley, Lancashire. William married Mary Moorcroft in 1824.Mary was a Catholic. She died whilst William was in Van Diemens Land in January 1848.By that time she only had one of her children still alive (Richard) They lived in Lt. Woolton, Childwall and Toxteth Park, Liverpool. They had 9 known children between 1825 and 1839. Only 2 survived by the time of the 1841 census. William was a repeat offender having previously been imprisoned at Kirkdale Prison, Liverpool in 1843 for poaching. He was sent to van Diemens Land for stealing 2 hens with William Barlow. His surviving eldest daughter died on the day of his trial sentence in 1843 (March 25th). his son Richard survived and may have been a fireman crew member on the ship City of Brooklyn which travelled between New York and Liverpool. If this was the correct Richard Caldwell he deserted the ship in December 1869 in New York.

Convict Changes History

David Caldwell on 3rd August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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