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William James Dawes

William Dawes, one of 369 convicts transported on the Dromedary, 11 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William James Dawes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 12th March, 1859
Age: 61 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dromedary
Departure date: 11th September, 1819
Arrival date: 10th January, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 369 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 211 (107)
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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Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

WILLIAM DAWES was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of May , one table-spoon, value 10 s. , the goods of Lepman Polack .
LEPMAN POLACK. I am a tailor , and live in Mansell-street, Goodman’s-fields . On the 25th of May the prisoner came to my house, and asked for some clothes for Mr. Jacobs; my sister called me down - I told him to send Mr. Jacobs himself for them. About three-quarters of an hour after he was gone I received information, and then missed the table-spoon off the beaufet. I went to a coffee-shop in Church-street with an officer, took him into custody, and asked him for the spoon; he said he gave it to Jacobs - he then pulled it out of his breeches-pocket.
SAMUEL MILLER . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner, and saw him give the spoon to the prosecutor.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 26.
Transported for Seven Years .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

William married Alice Randall in 1821 at Castlereagh. Alice was the daughter of John Randall (Convict, Ganges, 1797) and Hannah Ravenscroft (Convict, Experiment, 1803).
William and Alice had 8 children.

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref D0522] Dawes, William, 30, FS, Dromedary, 1819, Farmer at Evan, 30 acres all cleared and cultivated, 2 cattle.
# Also [Ref D0523] Dawes, Ellis (Alice?) 23, born in colony and 4 children. Mary Ann 8, John 5, James 3 and William 1 all born in colony.

Greg Walsh on 3rd June, 2021 wrote:

William James Dawes arrived on the Dromedary, Sydney via Hobart. One of 22 convicts signified on the record with an S by their name. Landed in Sydney 28.1.1820.

He married Alice Randall born in the colony in 1804 to John Randall (Ganges) and Susannah Ravenscroft (Experiment). Married at Castlereagh on 4.6.1821 William was a farmer and a corn dealer when he died, 12.3.1859 in Newtown,
Alice died 27.7.1876 in Glebe

William was on land at Penrith called Chapmans Grant, later called Lambridge Estate, his son James was there in 1860 on 9 acres.

I have been compiling my family tree for over 20 years now, with help from an extended family. From scrolling through film records in Sydney to using the internet. I now live in Queanbeyan.

The Dawes moved out to Cowra, married with Trelfords, Jeffress and Douglass families. My father was born in Canowindra in 1926.

The Walsh family started when Richard Walsh Co Kerry, Ireland married Bridget Smith Co Cavan, Ireland in Braidwood at St Bedes in 1859 Bridget arrived aged 3 in 1840 with her family

Before I started all of this we lived in Glebe when I was at Primary School, and then at Newtown for 14 years.

When I found the record on William James Dawes I walked around the corner an found his gravestone in St Stephens, Church Newtown .

Any help I can give I would be happy to share. I will start a page so people can see the Family Tree I am working on

Thanks, Greg Walsh

Greg Walsh on 15th November, 2021 wrote:

I am a descendant of William Dawes through my Father’s family line of Walsh, Jeffress, Trelford and Dawes

We lived in both Glebe and Newtown when I was in Sydney, at that time I found William Dawes gravesite in Newtown. Only a 5 minute walk from our house, but 120 years in time. I hope this helps.
I spent lots of time looking through reels and microfiche when in Sydney. I have seen the Dromaderry log with the S written next to the 22 names that went on to Port Jackson

William James Dawes of James Dawes and Mary Trewitt
Dromaderry, formerly Frigate “Howe” in 1809 brought out Governor Lachlan Macquarie

11.9.1819 Dromaderry leaves Portsmouth, England
Master Richard Skinner, Surgeon Dr George Fairfowl
11.1.1820 Arrives in Hobart with 347 convicts and detachments of 69th and 84th regiments, ! day in port at Hobart
28.1.1820 arrives in Port Jackson with 22 convicts, the 22 convicts are marked with an S in the ships roll
121 days at sea

26.3.1821 Application for William Dawes to marry Alice Randall
Approved by Lt Gov James Erskine
4.6.1821 William Dawes 30 maries Alice Randall 17 at Castlereagh by Rev Henry Fulton

1822 Muster William Dawes, Govt Servant, 7 years
Employer A Dawes (born in colony)
Alice leasing 21 acres of land, 10 wheat, 9 maize, 2 barley.
Orchard, Garden and 3 hogs

14.9.1824 William receives his Certificate of Freedom
27.9.1826 Sydney Gazette notice

1828 Muster
William Dawes 37 Free by servitude, Protestant, Farmer
Residing in Evan
Alice 23, wife, born in colony
Mary Ann 8, John 5, James 3, William 1
30 acres cleared and cultivated land, 2 cattle

12.3.1859 William James Dawes died in Newtown, Sydney
Buried at Campderdown / Newtown
St Stephen’s Anglican Church Newtown
Occupation Farmer, Corn Dealer
Residence Glebe

22.7.1876 Alice Dawes nee Randall died aged 74 in Glebe

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 24th September, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1859 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Greg Walsh on 3rd June, 2021 made the following changes:

firstname: William James (prev. William), date of birth: 0000 (prev. 1798), date of death: 0000 (prev. 1859), occupation

Iris Dunne on 4th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th March, 1859 (prev. 0000), crime

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