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William Field

William Field, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Field
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 1837
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 374
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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greg petersen on 26th March, 2018 wrote:

William Field was born in Enfield (app.13 miles from London) and worked as a farmer and butcher. At the age of 26 he was convicted of receiving stolen sheep from his brother Richard,and was tried and sentenced to death in April 1800. In 1806 he was transported for 14 years on the ship Fortune to Sydney and then on to Van Diemen’s Land aboard the Sophia landing at Port Dalrymple. He left behind a wife, Sarah, and a daughter, Ann. His brother Richard had also been sentenced to death in April 1800 and pardoned and transported for life and further pardoned 19th August 1802 on giving surety.after completing his sentence he became a successful farmer and merchant he lived with Elizabeth Richards who herself had been sentenced to death in 1806 for stealing cotton and lace, her sentence had been commuted to transportation for life. Together they had five children,[William, Thomas, Richard (born 1820 and dying at seven weeks old), John, and Charles. He continued acquiring land and cattle and by 1820 had become the main supplier of meat for the Launceston region.
Field expanded his meat contracting business throughout the colony, he also continued purchasing properties eventually owning over one-third of the land and buildings in Launceston. At the time of his death he owned over 16,000 acres of land and had an estimated wealth which, in percentage terms today it ranked him as the seventh richest Australian, and richest Tasmanian to have ever lived.
In 1833 Constable and an ex-convict himself, Gorge Pyle brought charges against William Field the sentence was awarded to William Field.
Field died in Launceston 1837

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 26th March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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