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William Green

William Green, one of 150 convicts transported on the Sesostris, 23 November 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Green
Aliases: Greene
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 31st October, 1853
Age: 56 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: Burglary
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Sesostris
Departure date: 23rd November, 1825
Arrival date: 21st March, 1826
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 307 (155)
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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Maureen Withey on 21st May, 2020 wrote:

Death under sentence. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON63-1-2$init=1355275
1737. William Green. Sesostris & M. Watson. Tried at Hereford Ass. 1 August 1829, sentence Life; Sydney Q.S. 4 Jan 1842, Life; and Hobart S.C. 5 March 1844, Life. Died 31 Oct 1853, aged 56. Died at Hosp Hobart.

Tasmanian Records.
William Greene, to VDL per Marian Watson, to NSW per Sesostris. Employers:
William Henry Bowden:1852.
Henry Dawson: 1853.

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-17$init=CON31-1-17p104
1737. William Greene. Tried Hereford Ass. Aug 1825, Life.,...

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON35-1-1$init=CON35-1-1p255
William Greene. Age 45. Trade: Bird stuffer. Age 45. Native of Birmingham.  (There is a lot more detail on these records.)
Sydney General Court of Quarter Sessions. Thursday.
William Green and John Smith, runaways from Port Macquarie, were summarily convicted under the Bushranging Act, of having been apprehended illegally at large with loaded firearms in their possession, and were each sentenced to be transported to a penal settlement for life.
Sydney Herald, 7 Jan 1842.

Before both the Judges and a Civil Jury.
Nathaniel Harding, John Woolley, William Thomas, and William Green, were capitally charged under the Colonial Act, 4th Victoria, with forcibly robbing on the 19th December, being at the time armed with a tomahawk, Matthew Teague, and stealing from him ten sovereigns, two coats, one waistcoat, one pair of trowsers, one pair of stockings, two tin pots, one spoon, one knife, and a hair-brush, the property of the said Matthew Teague, of Betsey’s Island.  The prisoners were the men who, it will be remembered, arrived at Betsey’s Island in a rude boat, made of wicker work, having escaped from Port Arthur.  Woolley had his arm in a sling.
Matthew Teague resided at Betsey’s Island on the 19th December, with his wife, Wm. Steers and his wife, and some children ; about ten o’clock on that morning, witness saw the four prisoners at his house ; one had a tomahawk in his hand, and the other had stones ; one of the men ran into witness’s house; the other three were “squabbling ” with witness, when the fourth man came out of the house with witness’s gun, and said he would blow his bl- y brains out if he was not quiet ; the man pointed the gun at witness, it was loaded by witness the night before ; the man who had the tomahawk cut a clothes line to tie witness’s hands ; Woolley was the man who ran into the house, and brought out the gun; witness got away from the men, and ran in at the door ; witness partly shut the door, when the prisoners burst it open, and went into the house ; witness’s wife was at the time in the house; Steers was at the other side of the island at work ; Mrs. Steers had just gone to lie down on the bed, being poorly ; first of all Woolley chopped the clothes line, and tied witness’s hands behind his back, and told him to sit down, or they would blow his brains out ; the men then ordered witness’s wife to open the box, and take out witness’s best clothes ; his wife did so, and in taking out the clothes, she grasped a purse of money, and held it before her ; Woolley came behind her, and took the purse out of her hand ; the purse contained ten pounds in gold, and about eight or nine pounds in silver ; Woolley put the purse into his pocket; witness-here enumerated the several articles taken by the prisoners, amongst which were those, with others, charged in the information;  Woolley put on a coat, waistcoat, and trousers. (A quantity of wearing apparel was then produced, which the prisoner said he did not recognise, with the exception of a pair of nankeen trowsers, which he said, the, prisoner Green had put on.) The prisoner took some rabbit pudding to eat, and some wine and spirits to drink ; Woolley said he had been a bushranger before at Sydney, and that they had crossed over from the settlement in a canoe ; they were all very chatty, and communicative ; Steers came home to his dinner, and, found it eaten; Steers went to show two of the men the boat; ; witness saw two coats at the Police-office in Hobart Town. (The coatsand waistcoat were again produced, and now identified by witness as his property, the witness having before mistaken the question of the Attorney-General.)
Mrs. Teague corroborated her husband’s evidence and particularly as to the taking of the property; the prisoners had also tied her hands ; witness also stated that Woolley said, when they went away, that if any of them stirred, he would blow their brains out, and set fire to the house ; she also heard Green whisper that if she untied her husband’s hands, they would shoot her.
Constable C. Ward, the coxswain of the Police boat, on the 19th December, was down the river in search of runaways from Port Arthur; witness left Ralph’s Bay in the morning, and in the evening proceeded towards Betsey’s Island, when he saw a boat and hailed it ; witness asked if there had been any boat on the island that day?  They said” None, but a fishing-boat.” On reaching the island, witness saw Teague and Steers, who told witness that the men in the boat which had passed witness were bushrangers ; the boat was still in sight, and witness with his crew immediately went in pursuit, and came up with it at the rocks near the Iron Pot light-house ; witness never lost sight of the boat after he left Betsey’s Island, neither did he see any other boat; was about thirty or forty yards from the boat when the men landed on the rocks; witness challenged them and told them to surrender, the prisoners replied by levelling two guns at the men in witness’s boat; one of these was fired. Witness succeeded in capturing the prisoner Green, the other three men got away; the property produced was found by witness, some m the boat, some in the water, and on the rocks.  On Green’s person were a velveteen shooting-jacket (belonging to Steers), a pair of nankeen trowsers, a figured waistcoat, and stockings (belonging to Teague), and a white calico shirt, also the property of the prosecutor.
In reply to a question from the prisoner Harding, witness said, the guns were levelled in the direction of the boat; witness could only identify Green, as being one of the men in the boat.
Constable Todd, deposed to taking from Harding, at the Police-office, a blue striped shirt (the property of Teague).
The Chief Justice in charging the jury, observed, that there was no evidence that the tomahawk spoken of, had been used for the purpose of menacing the prosecutor at the time of the robbery; his Honor then recapitulated the evidence, commenting upon the leading points as he proceeded.
The Attorney-General, with whom Mr. Justice Montagu concurred, was of opinion that it was sufficient if the tomahawk was near enough at hand to be used if required.
The jury found the prisoners Guilty of the robbery only.
Colonial Times, 12 Mar 1844.

Maureen Withey on 21st May, 2020 wrote:

HEREFORD. — W. Green, aged 21, T. Jones, aged ? and J. James, aged ? for burglary.—The three prisoners were indicted for breaking into the house of Mr. Spry, watchmaker at Hereford, on the 6th of last May, and stealing money, watches, goods, and other articles therefrom. Mr. Cross stated the case; Mr. Spry, the prosecutor, was examined by Mr Powell. detailed the circumstances of the robbery [which he stated at the time it occurred]; the cash, bills, and cheque stolen, amounted to 74/. and the whole of the property carried off, including watches, he believed be worth near 100/.  On the night before the robbery.  Green came to the shop, under the pretext buying an orange, but in consequence of his abusive conduct, witness turned him out of the shop and shut the door against him; when Green was apprehended, witness immediately knew him, as the man he had turned out of his shop. Mr, J. Owen, Police-Officer, deposed as to the apprehension of the prisoners in Worcester the day after the robbery; on searching Green in the room of an Inn there, saw a roll of paper drop from his hand, which, proved to 10 small notes of different banks.  Saunders and Wayland, Police-Officers at Worcester, staled that they had assisted the apprehension of the of the prisoners, and accompanied them in the coach to Hereford—Green during the journey, affected not to know Jones or James.  T. Prosser, carman, drove the prisoners in a chaise from Ledbury to Worcester. Hannah Harper, servant at the Saracen Head, Worcester, recollected the prisoners coming there, and partaking of refreshments, heard them them converse about money; from the conversation she thought them suspicious characters, and informed Saunders, a Police-Officer in Worcester, of the circumstance. Ann Rogers, servant to Mr. Spry, had seen Green turned out of her master’s shop, and saw Jones at one window, and James at the other. The property found on the prisoners was identified by Mr. Spry.  The Jury immediately found the prisoners guilty, Judgment of Death was recorded. They will be transported for life.
Worcester Journal, 18 Aug 1825.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 21st May, 2020 made the following changes:

alias1: Greene, date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 31st October, 1853 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Maureen Withey on 21st May, 2020 made the following changes:


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