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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: 1826
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 18th March, 1905
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 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

References

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.

Don on 11th June, 2020 wrote:

After serving his sentence, William moved to Victoria and then Guntawang, NSW. He absconded for unknown reasons to Brisbane, Qld where he died and was buried in a paupers grave.

Craig Fairweather on 1st July, 2020 wrote:

Cascades (the distillery, and a timber mill and ship building). William made his way to the goldfields of New South Wales and married 17 year old immigrant Emily Tattersall in Mudgee. He had four children from 1962 to 1868. in the 1870s he divorced snd married Mary Boyle and had more children. He is reported to have died in 1903. - Contibuted by Craig Fairweather (a great great grandson

Craig Fairweather on 26th August, 2020 wrote:

He died in Brisbane Hospital and is buried in Toowong Cemetery.

Iris Dunne on 26th August, 2020 wrote:

Only William Easter on the QLD BDM died 18 March 1905 in Brisbane (Reg. No. 1905/B/5469), no parents recorded

Brisbane City Council Cemetery Search: William Easter date of service 18 March 1905, Burial Toowong Cemetery, Location 2-31-22

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

Don on 11th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1826 (prev. 1825), date of death: 18th May, 1903 (prev. 0000)

Craig Fairweather on 26th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 18th March, 1905 (prev. 18th May, 1903)

Iris Dunne on 26th August, 2020 made the following changes:

source: BCC Cemetery Search. QLD BDM. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 477 (241) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 477 (2

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