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William Hester, one of 150 convicts transported on the Asia, 29 July 1823
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 74
||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 17th May, 2019 wrote:
From 36 degrees of South Latitude to the Cape we experienced boisterous weather which left the Prison room damp in spite of our unremitted attention to have it thoroughly ventilated and kept as dry as possible by lighting fires in the Airing and Swing stoves between decks-Notwithstanding our attention thirteen cases of Scurvy now manifested themselves which became daily more unequivocal. I may be allowed to remark that the experience of past voyages (this being the fourth) convince me that Prisoners received on board at Woolwich are generally in more precarious state of health and consequently more prone to manifest symptoms of Scurvy, Fluxes and Fevers than those received on board at the out ports and Ireland- having gone three former Voyages without loosing one and not even sent to the Hospital on my arrival at Sydney. In consequence of the Scorbutic cases and our proximity to the Cape of Good Hope I recommended the Master to put in being well convinced that nothing but a mixed diet of wholesome animal and vegetables would be efficient to remove the Scorbutic diathesis now but too general on board. We reached the Cape on the 21st November 1823 and stood till the 30th when the obstinate cases of Scurvy and Scorbutic Dysentry were rapidly receding and general health improving-Three days fresh Beef and Vegetables were carried to sea for Guard and convicts so that they were thirteen days on fresh provisions during this period. The Beef was indifferent, the Vegetables consisted of Carrots, Turnips, Leeks and greens…the cases were as follows, viz.
William Hester, convict, aged 33, Scorbutic Dysentry, also subject to Epileptic fits and general debility.
Journal of Surgeon William Evans, Medical and Surgical Journal of the Asia Convict Ship, between the 28th. June 1823 and the 18th. January 1824 during which time the said Vessel has been employed in conveying one hundred and fifty male convicts from Woolwich to Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, N. S. Wales
D Wong on 18th May, 2019 wrote:
William Hester was 33 years old on arrival.
Father and Mother, 1 brother and 2 sisters at Native Place, Wooburn Green Bucks.
Conduct Record: Drunk mostly.
Had TOL by 7/8/1832.
1830 Muster: Public Works
1832 Muster: Assigned to Mr. A Reid
1833 Muster: PW
1835 Muster: TOL
Convict Changes History
Maureen Withey on 17th May, 2019 made the following changes:
D Wong on 18th May, 2019 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), crime