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William Foster

William Foister, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Foster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1874
Age: 80 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 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 234
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Ocean - 1816
Indent No;
Name; William Foster
Trade or calling; Labourer
Trial where & Date Devon. [Exeter] - 20 March 1815
Sentence; 14 years
Age; 21. Year of birth; 1794
Native Place; Suffolk
Height; 5 ft. 7 1/2 in
Eyes; Hazel
Hair; Lt. Brown
Completion; Fair Ruddy
Certificate; 729

1821 - Convict List. Servant to Wm Badgery. In the Colony

1823 - 27 Aug. His services as bullock driver at the Government Stock Establishment, Cawdor, no longer required

1823 - Prisoner attached to the Cawdor Stock Department to be returned into Government employ at Sydney

1824 - 28 Jan. Re permission to marry at Campbelltown
William Foster - Convict per ship Ocean [1] on Ticket of Leave.
Bridget Carrigan - Convict per ship John Bull

1828 - Census.
No; 1112. William Foster.  Age; 30. [1798] T.L. Ocean - 1816. 14 years. Protestant. Super’t Vine & Co. Cotton Valley District: Cookbundoon
No; 1113. Bridget Foster. Age; 32. [1796] F.S. John Bull. 1821. Catholic

1829 - 8 Jun. Certificate of Freedom.

1868 - New South Wales, Australia, Hospital & Asylum Records, Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute
Admissions and Discharges
No; 586
Name; William Foster
Age; 82
County; England
Religion; Church of England
By whom recommended; Board
Date of Admission; 28 March 1868
Date of Discharge; DIED - 15 Oct 1874.
Ship; Ocean - 1816


Convict Changes History

Iris Dunne on 9th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 made the following changes:

surname: Foster (prev. Foister), date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1874 (prev. 0000), occupation

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