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William Cole

William Cole, one of 138 convicts transported on the Lady Ridley, 04 January 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Cole
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 6th July, 1835
Age: 30 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Chester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Ridley
Departure date: 4th January, 1821
Arrival date: 27th June, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 137 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 1
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

Peter on 10th August, 2014 wrote:

brother of Mark COLE, on same ship
HTG Saturday 25 August 1827 – absconder –
360. Cole, William, 5 ft. 2, brown hair, dark grey eyes, aged 22, a shoemaker, tried at Chester 1820, 7 years, per Lady Ridley, born at Liverpool, absconded from the service of Mr. Woodward, surveyor, April, 1827. Reward L.2.
FC 05.3.28;
convicted Hobart SC 03.7.35 - murder; executed 06.7.35

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st February, 2022 wrote:

1821 - Conduct Record. CON31-1-6.
Indent No; 360.
Trial; 17 October 1820.
Colonial Trials; 4 March 1828 -  Not Guilty & 3 July 1835. Sentence; to be hanged and Dissected.
Transported for “Picking Pockets” [Pick Pocket and dealer in bad notes]
Father; A Shoemaker

1835 -  The Tasmanian. Fri 10 Jul 1835. Page 7
CRIMINAL COURT.—The Criminal Sessions ended yesterday. The only cases of importance were the miserable man William Cole, convicted of the murder of William Lowe,

Convict Changes History

Peter on 10th August, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th July, 1835 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 21st February, 2022 made the following changes:


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