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William Foster

William Foster, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Foster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 13th May, 1847
Age: 50 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 Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Hertford Special Session of Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Champion
Departure date: 24th May, 1827
Arrival date: 17th October, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 184. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. Conduct Record http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON35-1-2,406,187,L,80.
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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Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th January, 2014 wrote:

William Foster was convicted at Hertford on 16/12/1826 for Highway Robbery. Life Sentence. Transported to New South Wales, Australia on the ‘Champion’, arriving 17/11/1827.

Served time in NSW and received a Ticket of Leave (no. 37/1698 district Patrick Plains) on 02/12/1837.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th January, 2014 wrote:

William Foster was again convicted, at Maitland, New South Wales on 14/09/1844 for stealing a heifer. 15yr transportation sentence. He was on a Ticket of Leave.
Transported to Port Arthur Penal Settlement, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Governor Phillip’ ship, arriving 23/11/1844.
Details 1844: farm labourer; married; 5’9”; aged 47yrs; fresh complexion; dk brown hair; dk brown eyes.
Native Place: Hertford, England.
Several tatoos, including one “I love too well to kiss and tell”.
16/04/1846: Port Arthur - misconduct. 7 days solitary confinement.
03/08/1846: Crown - misconduct. 14 days hard labour.

Died, Port Arthur, 13/05/1847.

amy on 1st February, 2018 wrote:

William foster was born in the small village of High Cross, England. The highway robbery made William gain 40 pounds.

Tony Beale on 23rd March, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Refused 10/8/1841 Jane Trewick 49 per ship per ship George Hibbert refused to marry William Foster42 per ship Champion as she stated she was married with 2 children and he was married with 4 children. Rev J Hetherington Patricks Plains

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th January, 2014 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1797, date of death 13th May, 1847, gender, occupation, crime

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