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William Foster

William Foster, one of 272 convicts transported on the Perseus and Coromandel, January 1802

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Foster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: Shipwright
Date of Death: 1846
Age: 58 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: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Perseus and Coromandel
Departure date: January, 1802
Arrival date: 14th August, 1802
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 251 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 312
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

D Wong on 8th June, 2014 wrote:

William Foster, was a child convict, born in Warwickshire and convicted of housebreaking in Warwick at age 11 and transported after some time on the hulks. He survived all of this and was apprenticed as a shipwright on arrival at

In the 1828 census he is married to Anastasia O’Neil, living in Cumberland Street, the Rocks, with two children and gives his arrival in the colony as 1803, Anastasia is the daughter of Thomas O’Neil (O’Neal), Friendship 1800, and Anne Kennedy, Experiment II 1809.

1811: TOL
29/2/1812: Conditional Pardon.
19/9/1823: Conditional Pardon, renewed, having been returned much mutilated and torn up.

By 1834 he was the owner of 5 homes in Cumberland and Cambridge Streets, Sydney.

He died in 1846. His Will left 18 houses to be divided between his children. John and Robert Campbell, of Campbell’s Wharf, and George Atherden were executors of the Will.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1788 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1846 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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