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William Foster Geach

William Foster Geach, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Foster Geach
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Solicitor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 20 years

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Monmouth Assizes
Sentence term: 20 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

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 217 (110). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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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Ralph Cook on 31st July, 2014 wrote:

William Foster Geach was the stepson of John Frost the famous Newport, South Wales Chartist Leader who was transported in 1840 for his part in an armed uprising in November of 1839. His original sentence of being hung, drawn and quartered as a traitor was commuted to transportation for life after a public outcry. Geach also took on his stepfather’s defence in his trial. John Frost had upset some very powerful people in South Wales even before he took up arms against the state and Geach, as his solicitor had no doubt become a target for retribution just as much as his stepfather. It seems remarkably suspicious that Geach was charged with forgery so soon after John Frost’s trial, and the sentence of 20 years transportation seems remarkably harsh given that Geach did not benefit from his forgery (of a bill) and the Jury that convicted him urged the judge to be lenient. I do not think Geach returned to South Wales and he probably died in Australia but I have been unable to confirm this so far.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st August, 2014 wrote:

William Foster Geach was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Lord Lyndoch’ arriving 05/02/1841.  (Records - link above in ref, has him as William Foster & also Foster William.)

Details from the records:
born abt 1807 Newport, Monmouthshire
33yrs of age; solicitor; married, 1 child, literate; black hair (nearly bald);  brown eyes; dimpled chin; 5’6 1/2” (pg 37 of Indent record).
Wife Louise at Monmouth with aunt Mrs.Herbert Frost (aunt to my mother).
Father was a Captain 7 Dragoons.
Sister Mary (married to Captain Lawrence)

Conduct Records - as he has been entered in book twice, one record shows up with no entries, but the second is page 128 which has his details.
2yrs Probation period
Ticket of Leave 10/06/1845
Conditional Pardon 04/07/1848
The Lt Governor made a note that a record be made in favour of this man for his meritorious conduct in apprehending James John Nicholson and other convicts who had absconded.
Also noted as good and quiet.
He served some time as a ‘Javelin’ man (guard)at the Richmond Gaol (north of Hobart).
These records do not continue after his Pardon so further searches needed as to his life then.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st August, 2014 wrote:

SHERIFF’S OFFICE.22nd March, 1843.
The Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to approve of 947 William Foster Geach, per Lord   Lyndoch (3), and 3128 Gabriel Welch, per David Clarke, being as Javelin-men ; to take effect from the 20th instant. |JOHN BURNETT, Sheriff. (Hobart Courier 24 Mar 1843)

Public Notice for Ticket of Leave: (Hobart Courier 26 Jun 1845)
GOVERNMENT NOTICE. No. 69.
Colonial Secretary’s Office, 19th June, 1845.
The Queen has been pleased to direct, that a Ticket-of-Leave should be granted to William Foster Geach, who was tried at Monmouth, in the year 1840. By His Excellency’s command, J. E. BICHENO.

There are no records on the Tasmanian Pioneer Index of BDM for a William Geach.  No record in census, permission to remarry, wills, colonial family, inquests or departures from Colony. (There is a family for Norman Geach.)

There is an article in the Examiner newspaper for the death of a William Foster Geach in 1940 who died in Victoria, aged 81yrs. (Could he have been the son of the William who was transported?)Perhaps he had links to Tasmania and that it is why it is published in Tasmania?

He is the only person transported to Tasmania under the name “Geach”.

Convict Changes History

Ralph Cook on 31st July, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st August, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 217 (110). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece

Carol Axton-Thompson on 1st August, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 217 (110). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au (prev. Australian Joint Copying

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