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Walter Fryer

Walter Fryer, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Walter Fryer
Aliases: Freer, Jonas Walter Freeman
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 20th September, 1896
Age: 77 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Northampton Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 7th September, 1840
Arrival date: 5th February, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 218
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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CHISMON on 17th September, 2018 wrote:

Escaped 1852, went to Sth. Australia, settled in Port Elliot, built his own home, married in April, 1854 to Emma (nee Jennings), 9 children - 8 sons and 1 daughter. No other family in Sth. Aust. DNA testing led to his “discovery as a convict” and his remaining family. (Jonas) Walter Fryer/Freer/Freeman was the eldest of 10 children, from Gretton, Northants.

D Wong on 17th September, 2018 wrote:

4/1/1840 Northampton Mercury Northamptonshire, England:
Burglary. Walter Freer pleaded guilty to an indictment for burglary, and having been previously convicted of felony, was sentenced to 15 years’ transportation.  There was a second indictment against the prisoner for a similar offence.

Walter Freer was listed as 22 years old on arrival in VDL - Walter was literate, single, a Carpenter & Joiner, 5’7½” tall, sandy hair, light brown eyes, mermaid, fox inside right arm, half moon, bird, man, dot, TPA inside left arm.

Father: Isaac
Brothers: George, John, Ely, Abraham ......
Sisters: Hepseba, Martha, at native place.

1841 Census, village of Gretton, Northamptonshire.
Familial household.  Still there in 1851.  Family not in the 1861 census.
Fryer, Isaac M 45 1796 Carpenter
Fryer, Sarah F 45 1796
Fryer, John m 20 1821
Fryer, Eli m 18 1823
Fryer, George M 16 1825
Fryer, Abraham m 14 1827
Fryer, Martha F 11 1830
Fryer, Slaney M 8 1833
Fryer, Sophia F 6 1835
Fryer, Sarah F 1 1840
Chapman, Thomas M 75 1766
Chapman, Mary F 30 1811
West, Elizabeth F 20 1821.

25/2/1853 The Argus, Melbourne:
Walter Fryer was also brought up, charged by Detective Murray with being an offender at large.  He was apprehended in Queen Street the day before.  Mr Read appeared for the prisoner, and examined Murray at some length.  It however appeared that in only one instance the description and marks on the prisoner corresponded with that published, and that was on the left arm sher W. F. was branded, whereas the Gazette stated T. F. Murray knnw the man in Van Diemen’s Land to be under sentence for 14 years, and to have come out in the Lord Lyndoch transport, but could not say what year.  The prisoner was absent fro his residence in Van Diemen’s Land on the 8th of September 1852.  The prisoner produced a ticket of freedom, but the bench were of the opinion that the signature was a forgery, which was sworn to by Chief Constable Pearce, of the District Police, who knew the handwriting of Mr Nairn, with which the document was purported to be signed.  The prisoner was sent out, according to the Hobart Town Gazette, in the year 1847, having been tried and sentenced at Northampton.  The Bench were satisfied that the prisoner was illegally at large, and ordered him to be put to hard labour on the roads of the colony for the period of three years, in irons.

Victoria Police Gazette: 30/12/1853, 6/1/1854 and 20/1/1854:
Escaped from Pentridge Stockade 23 April 1853.  Tried Melbourne 24/2/1853.  Illegally at large from VDL three years.  67.75” light brown hair, hazel eyes.  Mermaid with squirrel on right arm, scar on right thumb, pheasant, man, WF SH on left arm. Bald on top.

1854: Married Emma Jennings as Jonas Walter Freeman, Adelaide.
1855 FREEMAN John Walter
1859 FREEMAN Charles Jennings
1862 FREEMAN Thomas York
1864 FREEMAN George Isaac
1866 FREEMAN Ernest William
1873 FREEMAN Henry Herbert
1877 FREEMAN Arthur Elliot
1873 FREEMAN Henry Herbert ___ All born at Encounter Bay.

20/9/1896: Jonas Walter Freeman died at Encounter Bay.

23/9/1896 The Express and Telegraph, Adelaide, SA:
FREEMAN.—On the 20th September, at his residence, Port Elliot, Jonas Walter Freeman, aged 79 years.

Emma Freeman died in 1908 at Encounter Bay.

garch on 6th January, 2019 wrote:

Baptized with his brother John on 21st Feb 1819 at St James Church, Gretton.  Sadly there’s no record of his birth date.
The crime for which he was transported was breaking into the house of James Allen of Bell Lane, Syresham, Northamptonshire about 45 miles from Gretton and stealing 10 silver spoons.
After conviction he was transferred to the prison hulk, Leviathan (which featured in the Battle of Trafalgar)moored at Portsmouth.
The voyage to Van Diemen’s Land via The Lord Lyndock left Portsmouth on 7th Sep 1840, picking up further convicts in Plymouth where it left 11 Sep 1840 arriving in Hobart 5 Feb 1841.

Convict Changes History

CHISMON on 17th September, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Freer (alias) (prev. Freer (Alias)), alias2: Jonas Walter Freeman, gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 17th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1819 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th September, 1896 (prev. 0000)

Iris Dunne on 6th January, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Freer (prev. Freer (alias))

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