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William Freeman

William Freeman, one of 200 convicts transported on the John, 26 January 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Freeman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th December, 1817
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 16th April, 1899
Age: 81 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: Stealing cheese
Convicted at: Wilts. Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: John
Departure date: 26th January, 1832
Arrival date: 8th June, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 262
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

Leonie Freeman on 19th May, 2012 wrote:

Born Freshfield Somerset, was convicted aged 13 years. On arrival, William, "Billy", was assigned to John Hawdon, JP. of "Burgalia" Bateman’s Bay. Appears he was on the first overland trip by Joseph Hawdon, John’s brother,to SA with sheep and cattle. William became a Cobb and Co driver, butcher and owned a farm at Macclesfield. He married Sarah Stacey also from Somerset in Adelaide 15 September 1840. She had come out on the "Charles Kerr" 1840 with her family. William was convicted and jailed a second time for being accessory to his wife burning down their daughter’s house.

D Wong on 21st April, 2020 wrote:

William died, aged 82, on 16/4/1899, in the old Marra house on Cunliffe Street, then the home of his daughter Emma. He, Sarah and one son, John Henry, are buried just inside the main gate of the old Church of England Cemetery in Luck Street, Macclesfield, South Australia.

Occupation at the time of conviction: Factory Boy.

Convict Changes History

Leonie Freeman on 19th May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender m

Ruth Sloan on 9th November, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 10th December, 1817, date of death 16th April, 1899

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