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William Lakey

William Lakey, one of 200 convicts transported on the Runnymede, 11 November 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Lakey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 8th April, 1827
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 8th December, 1883
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Norfolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Runnymede
Departure date: 11th November, 1839
Arrival date: 28th March, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 118
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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Community Contributions

Barbara Gough on 25th April, 2012 wrote:

Would like to know why he was sentenced to 7 years at the age of 7.  What did he do?  How can I find out what the sentence was for.

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 wrote:

William Lakey was indicted with Samuel Everett for Larceny.  William for stealing a watch and other articles from a dwelling house and Everett for stealing a boiler.  Everett was 17 years old. and William 12

Goaler’s Report: Characters very bad, both had been convicted before.

Recommendation of Chairman: Parkhurst or Penitentary - much too bad for both - Hulks.

From the Indent record on arrival in VDL: Aged 12, Labourer, 4’4" tall, From Norwich, fair complexion, round head, dark brown hair, visage round, forehead small, eyebrows brown, hazel eyes, Large nose, small mouth and chin.  Scar right cheek, mole on left arm.

8/3/1842: Misconduct - ?? days solitary.
12/3/1842: Misconduct - 12 days solitary.
1846: Certificate of freedom.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 27th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1828-00-00 (prev. 1832-00-00)

Barbara Gough on 25th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1832-00-00, date of death 1883-00-00, gender m

Shayne Lakey on 15th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 8th April, 1827 (prev. 1828), date of death: 8th December, 1883 (prev. 1883), occupation

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