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William Johnston

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Johnston
Aliases: Edward Johnstone, Donoghue
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Painter & glazier
Date of Death: 13th September, 1823
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Ireland, Queen's County
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Southworth
Departure date: 18th November, 1821
Arrival date: 9th March, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 72 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm Ancestry Convict Indents.
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D Wong on 15th May, 2019 wrote:

Listed as Edward or William Johnston or Donoghue on Ancestry Convict Indents.

Medical Journal of the Southworth 1822:
Folios 23-24: William Johnstone, aged 30, convict; disease or hurt, enlargement of the thyroid gland. Put on sick list, 10 February 1822. Discharged 23 February 1822 convalescent.

Edward/William was 24 or 27 on arrival, 5’7” tall, well made, hazel eyes, dark brown hair.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
JOHNSON, William. Per “Southworth”, 1822; died 13 Sep 1823

1822 Aug 5:  Attached to the Barracks. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta (Fiche 3297; X643 p.23)

1822 Dec 18-1823 Jan 1:  Sentenced to death; commuted to transportation to Port Macquarie. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.75)

1823 Jan 16:  On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally”; listed as Edward or William Johnson or Donoghue (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.29, 384-5)

1823 Jan 21:  Tried in Sydney. Sentence commuted to transportation (Reel 6070; 4/1265 p.10)

1823 Jan 25:  Re commutation of his sentence (Reel 6010; 4/3507 p.2

27/12/1822 Sydney Gazette:
Margaret Moore, John Redman, and William Johnstone, were indicted for robbing the dwelling-house of Mr. Eyre, in Parramatta.  Guilty ; and remanded.

13/9/1823: William Johnston died at Port Macquarie - as per above report from the Colonial Secretary’s Office.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd August, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
Copies of Letters Sent Outside The Colony, “Foreign”, 1814-1856

Page; 384
Name;  Edward or William Johnson or Donoghue
Ship: Southworth
Where and by whom convicted.  Sydney Criminal Court
Sentence: C R Life
Date of Conviction; 18 Dec 1822

Noted against his name; Died 13 Sept 1823

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 15th May, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm Ancestry Convict Indents. (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Johnston, alias1: Edward Johnstone, alias2: Donoghue, alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1795, dat

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