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William Douglass

William Douglass, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Douglass
Aliases: Douglas
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: Stockman
Date of Death: 1852
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft of household goods
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 361 (180)
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

Denis Pember on 1st October, 2015 wrote:

William was in a relationship with Ann Peat (nothing known) around 1808 and they had a son William born in 1809.
He married Mary Ann Cross about 1809.  Mary Ann had been born in the colony and was the daughter of Charles Cross (Convict, Neptune, 1790 ) and Rose Hannah Flood (Convict, Neptune, 1790).  William and Mary Ann had a long life together and had 12 children.

Denis Pember on 1st October, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref D1338] William Douglass age 54, absolute pardon, Coromandel, 1804, life, Protestant, District Constable, Pitt Town
Mary Douglass 34, born in the colony
Sarah Douglass 19 born in the colony
Charles Douglass 17 born in the colony
Elizabeth Douglass 14 born in the colony
Mary Douglass 14 born in the colony
George Douglass 12 born in the colony
Christopher Douglass 10 born in the colony
Eleanor Douglass 6 born in the colony
Humphrey Douglass 3 born in the colony

Maureen Withey on 26th June, 2019 wrote:

The Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825, has information on this person as follows:

DOUGLAS, William. Per “Coromandel”, 1804

1809 - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3194; 4/1858 p.114)

1810 Feb 15 - Petition for confirmation of his conditional pardon (Fiche 3164; 4/1846 p.74)

1811 Feb 18 - Purchased goods at an auction by John Howe at Windsor; sold for executors to the estate of the late Andrew Thompson (Reel 6040; ML C197 p.17)

1820 May 25 - Of Windsor. Memorial (Fiche 3017; 4/1823 No.199 p.444)

1823 Jul 13 - District Constable, Lower Pitt Town. Certifies that Christopher and Edward Cross have cleared and cultivated their farm (Fiche 3062; 4/1834B No.74 p.472)

1824 Mar-May - Lost order drawn on the Police Fund (Reel 6061; 4/1779 pp.69-72)

1824 Jul 24 - District Constable. Memorial (Fiche 3086; 4/1837A No.287 p.123)

1824 Oct 23 - Re his original sentence (Reel 6013; 4/3512 p.606)

1825 Jan 6 - District Constable at Upper and Lower Pitt Town. On list of constables doing duty at Windsor and the Districts of the Hawkesbury (Reel 6062; 4/1783 p.81a)

1825 Jul 5 - On return of constables in the town of Windsor & districts of Hawkesbury (Fiche 3302; 4/7419.1 p.18)

Convict Changes History

brenda foster on 3rd February, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1768, date of death 1852, gender, occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 26th June, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Douglas

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