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William Croston

William Croston, one of 345 convicts transported on the Sir George Seymour, 04 November 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Croston
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 9th March, 1908
Age: 88 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 10 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Lancaster, Liverpool Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Sir George Seymour
Departure date: 4th November, 1844
Arrival date: 27th February, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 344 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 218
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

Richard Croston on 30th March, 2018 wrote:

I am trying to find out if William Croston joined up with the Henty Brothers and settled in Victoria.
The family says that he came to Australia with the Hentys.

D Wong on 31st March, 2018 wrote:

1/4/1843 Liverpool Mail Merseyside, England:
SENTENCE ON CROSTON. William Croston, aged 23, convicted on Monday of having stolen black mare, the property of James Hindley, was sentenced to ten years’ transportation.

William Croston was born in Manchester and was listed as 24 years old on arrival in VDL.

William was 5’4” tall, fair complexion, brown hair, red whiskers, blue eyes, bald scar on forefinger left hand, Lancet mark on right arm, literate, single, protestant.

Occupation: Farm labourer/Brewer.

Mother: Margaret
Brothers: George, Thomas, James, Robert, Samuel - all at native place.

7/3/1845: TOL
30/11/1847: CP

17/2/1849: Married Susan Norman, a minor, at Hobart.  Listed as “Chroston”.

No death date found for Susan Norman/Croston.

1858: VIC BDM - William Croston married Jane ‘Johnsone’ (should be Johnstone).

1854: Birth of Mary Croston (parents Unknown) Vic BDM.

1859: Birth of John Croston (parents: William and Jane Johnstone) Vic BDM. __ Married Susan Elizabeth Hewlett 1884 QLD BDM.

1863: William Croston born QLD. (parents: William and Jane Johnstone) __ Married Louisa Ellis 1887 QLD BDM.

7/11/1895 Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertises:
FUNERAL.—The Friends of Mr. WILLIAM CROSTON, SEN., late of Sandy Creek, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late WIFE, to move from his Residence, Syntax-street, Ipswich, at 10 o’clock TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING.
J. W. REED, Undertaker.

From the Billion Graves website:
William Croston, Circa 1820 - 1908
William Croston was born circa 1820, to John Croston and Margaret Johnson.
William married Jane Croston.
William passed away on March 9 1908, at age 88.
He was buried in Ipswich General Cemetery, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

And his son:
William Croston, Circa 1863 - 1933
William Croston was born circa 1863.
William passed away on July 18 1933, at age 70.
He was buried in Brisbane General (Toowong) Cemetery, Toowong, Queensland, Australia.

Convict Changes History

Richard Croston on 30th March, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 31st March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1820 (prev. 0000), date of death: 9th March, 1908 (prev. 0000), occupation

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