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William Calvert

William Calvert, one of 178 convicts transported on the Portland, 19 November 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Calvert
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1769
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 1858
Age: 89 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Portland
Departure date: 19th November, 1831
Arrival date: 26th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 177 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 224
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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D Wong on 9th February, 2020 wrote:

19/3/1831 Lancaster Gazette Lancashire, England:
Monday, March 14.
ROBERT KIRKWOOD, 46, JAMES COLLYER, 37, AND WILLIAM CALVERT, 60, were indicted, Kirkwood for forging a bill of exchange for £150 10s purporting to be drawn by Benjamin Heywood & Co. of Manchester, upon Masterman & Co. of London ; and the two other prisoners for being accessaries before the fact.  JONATHAN DADE, 37, was charged as a principal along with Kirkwood, but made his escape from the castle, at an early hour this morning, as stated in another paragraph.
Wilson, after being committed to Lancaster Castle, turned King’s evidence ; and by his testimony and that of Smith, the case was established fully against the three prisoners, who were all found guilty.  The Trial began at ten o’clock in the morning, and did not conclude until nine o’clock.
The prisoners will be sentenced next Assizes.

Robert Kirkwood arrived per ‘Isabella 1832’.
James Collyer arrived VDL per ‘Katherine Stewart Forbes 1832’.

Ancestry Convict Indents:
William Cavert was listed as 62 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Preston.

William was literate, RC, married with 3 male and 6 female children, 5’3¼” tall, sallow and a little pockpitted complexion, brown and nearly bald hair, hazel eyes, whiskers turning grey, lost some front teeth, served 3¾ years at Woolwich.

NSW Return of All (Male) Convicts Assigned and Transferred Between the 1st and 30th Day of April, 1832:
Calvert William, Portland, weaver, to William Smith, Parramatta.

????: Ticket of Leave, Parramatta.
31/12/1847: Conditional Pardon.

Ancestry Conditional Pardons 1788-1870:
Name: William Calvert
Age: 77
Birth Year: 1770
Origin Place: Preston
Conviction Date: 8 Aug 1831
Arrival year: 1832
Pardon Date: 31 Dec 1847
Vessel Name: Portland
Record Type: Conditional
Pardon Number: 48/74

1858: NSW BDM: William Calvert died at Parramatta, aged 85. 

Birth dates of 1769, 1770 and 1773 listed.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1769 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1858 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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