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William Lear

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Lear
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1827
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1875
Age: 48 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Stafford 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 119 (61). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON37-1-3,404,234,L,80. Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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

Patricia Freund on 5th September, 2013 wrote:

Went on to marry Matilda Irwin and had at least 2 children, William John and Benjamin.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 6th September, 2013 wrote:

William Lear was only 12yrs old when convicted of stealing money from a shop, although it was his 3rd offence. 7yr sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Runnymede’, arriving 1840.

He is stated as single, labourer; 4’5”; aged 12yrs; light red hair; Hazel eyes; pale complexion.  Native place of birth - Burslem.

Free Certificate issued at Launceston.

Launceston 29/12/1846: Stealing - two bottles lemon syrup from Mr. Thomas Higgs store. 12mths imprisonment and hard labour, at Launceston.  Discharged March 1847 and Free Pardon on Sherriff’s Warrant.

Tuesday, December 29)  William Lear, was charged with stealing two bottles of lemon syrup, the property of Thomas Higgs. Prosecutor saw the pri- soner go into his shop and take the two bottles mentioned in the information. He immediately ran, seized him, and gave him into custody. The jury found him guilty, but recommended him to mercy on account of his youth. The Chairman, in sentencing him to only twelve months’ imprisonment on account of such recommendation, said that the prisoner who apneared about 18 years-of age, had already been transported for seven years, and that he had only become free a few weeks since, but he would give him another chance.” (Launceston Advertiser 31 Dec 1846)

No records on BMD index under “Lear” for him.

Convict Changes History

Patricia Freund on 5th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1829, date of death 1875, gender

Carol Axton-Thompson on 6th September, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1827, occupation, crime

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