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William Hayter, one of 224 convicts transported on the Eliza, 02 February 1831
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life span was 51 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 9 (7)
||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 27th October, 2021 wrote:
William Hayter was convicted at the Wiltshire Special Commission, which was set up during January 1831, to deal swiftly with those agricultural workers who were arrested after the “Swing Riots”. During November and early December 1830, large crowds of impoverished agricultural workers gathered at night to break threshing-machines, which they saw as taking away their already, very low paid work, reduced further because the land owners were reducing the wages of the men due to decreases in the value of the corn they were producing.
William Haytor, 28, Charles Chandler, 21, and Wm. Collins, 30, were indicted for having destroyed and burnt a thrashing machine, the property of Richard Webb, esq. at Whiteparish. The case was clearly established in evidence. The prisoners in their defence said they were pressed by the mob. A person gave Chandler and excellent character. Mr Justice Anderson summed up, and the Jury found the prisoners guilty. His Lordship then sentenced Haytor to be transported for seven years; Chandler, on account of his good character, to 1 year’s imprisonment; and Collins to 18 month’s imprisonment.
Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, 6 Jan 1831.
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 27th October, 2021 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime