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William Laws

William Laws, one of 300 convicts transported on the Marion, 22 November 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Laws
Aliases: Lovel
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th October, 1820
Occupation: Sawyer
Date of Death: 11th October, 1881
Age: 60 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Norfolk, Assizes for the City of Norwich
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Marion
Departure date: 22nd November, 1843
Arrival date: 3rd April, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 498
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

Anonymous on 15th June, 2011 wrote:

My Great Great Grandfather was this William Laws.  He became William Lovel after he escaped VDL early 1852 and arrived in Port Phillip.  He then lived on in Victoria in a little town called Bealiba. There is doubt if he ever married his wife Mary Ann (Mayes) but they had a family of 10 children. He was a Goldminer, Wood cutter and shearer.  He died in 1881 at the age of 60.  For further information e-mail peter_lovel@optusnet.com.au

Peter Lovel on 29th March, 2015 wrote:

William Laws escaped VDL in abt 1851.  He met Mrs Mary Ann Carmody (nee Mayes) and their 1st child also William was born near Ballarat, Vic in 1855.  They had 9 more children.  They lived at Bealiba Victoria for the rest of their lives.  I am William Laws greatX2 Grandson.  William and Mary Ann are buried at Bealiba and a commerative headstone was mounted on their grave in Nov 2014.

Convict Changes History

Peter Lovel on 29th March, 2015 made the following changes:

alias1: Lovel, date of birth: 26th October, 1820 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th October, 1881 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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