Hi Guest!
Contribute to this record

William Lester

William Lester, one of 270 convicts transported on the Bengal Merchant, 27 September 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Lester
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: Farm servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Bengal Merchant
Departure date: 27th September, 1834
Arrival date: 30th January, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 435 (219)
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.

Did you find the person you were looking for?

If William Lester was the person you were looking for, you may be able to discover more about them by looking at our resources page.

If you have more hunting to do, try a new search or browse the convict records.

Know more about William Lester?

Contribute to this record

Community Contributions

D Wong on 7th February, 2014 wrote:

William Lester was 43 years old on arrival in NSW.

1839: TOL Windsor
9/9/1842: COF

Neil Motteram on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

Ticket of leave notified in Govt Gazette 6 May 1840. See The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (NSW : 1838 - 1841)  Mon 11 May 1840 Page 6 CONTENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

D Wong on 25th January, 2020 wrote:

Native Place: Essex.

William was illiterate, protestant, a widower, no children listed, he was 5’2½” tall, dark sallow complexion, brown and thin in front hair, blue eyes, lost a front tooth left side of upper jaw, scar back of forefinger of right hand, two scars back of middle finger of left hand.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 7th February, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 25th January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1791 (prev. 0000), occupation

This record was discovered and printed on ConvictRecords.com.au