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William Easter

William Easter, one of 290 convicts transported on the Lady Montagu, 31 July 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Easter
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1825
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Norfolk. Little Walsingham Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Montagu
Departure date: 31st July, 1852
Arrival date: 9th December, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 477 (241)
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

Gary Easter on 30th January, 2014 wrote:

Born Bircham Norfolk England
Transported for Stealing 20 shillings and a hankerchief from Mr Biggs. Arrived Tasmania 9 Dec 1856.
Description 5’6” Age 26 Hair Dark Brown Eyes Blue
Released 10 Nov 1856

D Wong on 31st January, 2014 wrote:

William could read and write a little and had lost one of his front teeth.

Father: John
Mother: Sophia
Brother: Henry
Sisters: Margaret and Elizabeth.

19/12/1853 The Courier Hobart:
ESCAPEd CONVICTS.-William Easter was
brought before the Court on suspicion of being a run-away prisoner of the Crown from Van Diemen’s Land.
He was arrested at the place of entertainment known as the “Royal Exchange Singing Room,” and in the first instance declared his innocence in the most positive manner. He subsequently admitted himself to he a William Spealey alias Hall, sent out from Liverpool under a ten years transportation sentence.
On the application of the detective officer, he was remanded until Wednesday, to afford time for the production of further evidence. He was found in Victoria and was remanded back to VDL 24/12/1853.

15/1/1855: Absconded again.

1860/1: Married Emily Tattersall at Mudgee and had 4 children.

Emily was born in 1843 and died in 1912.
She apparently had been married to John Payne and had 5 children (she would have been very young when she started).  In 1884 she married Edward Brown.

No death date for William.

Convict Changes History

Gary Easter on 30th January, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 31st January, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Hall, alias2: Hale, alias3: Spealey, date of birth: 1825 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 31st January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1825 (prev. 0000), occupation

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