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Wilson Cornwall

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Wilson Cornwall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1900
Age: 83 years

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 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Ireland, Londonderry
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Middlesex
Departure date: 6th July, 1839
Arrival date: 24th January, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.
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Community Contributions

Dennis Nightingale on 25th June, 2015 wrote:

Born - Armagh Co. Ireland. Single cousin John Cornwall convict arrived about 1837.

stsearcher on 5th March, 2016 wrote:

Was listed as a “Notorious character” in Irish newspapers when reporting on his trial.

D Wong on 5th March, 2016 wrote:

16/03/1839:  Wilson Cornwall & Moses Hutchinson (*also on board the Middlesex*) apprehended for the crime of Highway Robbery in Belfast.  Sentenced to 15 years.

Wilson Cornwall was 21 (born C1817) when convicted and 23 years old on arrival in NSW.  He was single, 5’8 1/2” tall, fair ruddy and freckled complexion, sandy hair, grey eyes, could read and write, large semicircular scar on the top of head, hairy and freckled breast and arms, two scars inside third finger of left hand. Protestant, Native Place: County Armagh.

13/11/1845: TOL, Goulburn
7/3/1846: TOL – allowed to remain in the service of Thomas Woore Esq., at his station on the Murray River.
20/7/1846:  TOL Passport, Yass Bench.
21/3/1847: TOL cancelled for being absent from his district.
22/10/1847: TOL, Melbourne.

Wilson was one of the pioneers of the Toomuc Valley and the Gippsland district of Victoria.

7/2/1850: Married Sarah Ann Macatier (1824-1905) they had 8? Children.

1851-52 - Owner of 5 blocks of land incl. Hay & Corn store, Bouverie St, Carlton.

11/9/1855: The Age, Melbourne:
Publican’s Transfers: Wilson Cornwall, Labor in Vain Hotel, North Melbourne. Refused.

1855 - Crown Grant of land in Mordialloc (nr Brighton) Vic.

18/11/1869 The Argus, Melbourne:
Wilson Cornwall, is a cattle dealer residing at Pakenham, about 10 miles from Berwick.

21/1/1871 - Mr Wilson Cornwall, of Mordialloc, sheep farmer.

16/12/1900: Died at Kew, Vic. aged 85 which would make him born 1814/15.
Wilson Cornwall was buried with his wife at the St Kilda cemetery on 19/12/1900.

29/7/1905 Leader, Melbourne:
CORNWALL – On the 25th July, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jennings. Stuart street., Malvern. Sarah Ann, relict of the late Wilson Cornwall in her 82nd year.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 25th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: Wilson, surname: Cornwall, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1817, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 25th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 15 years, voyage, occupation, crime

stsearcher on 5th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 1900 (prev. 0000)

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