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Walter Linto, one of 294 convicts transported on the Equestrian, 27 August 1852
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life span was 60 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 511 (258)
||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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Leonie Dolley on 11th April, 2013 wrote:
Walter received his ticket of leave in 1856.
D Wong on 29th October, 2017 wrote:
12/7/1849 Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England:
Walter Linto and Emanuel Purchase, old offenders, for breaking the dwelling-house of Sarah Baker, and stealing eight shillings - 7 years.
No ship found for Emanuel Purchase.
Walter Linto was listed as 14 years old on arrival, 4’0½” tall, sallow complexion, black hair, dark eyes, 2 small scars left middle finger.
Native Place: Haddington.
15/8/1856: Free Certificate.
Walter was listed as a ‘Parkhurst Boy’.
Father: William Linto - transported to Western Australia per ‘Mermaid’ 1851.
Nothing further found on Walter after 1856.
tonycocks1 on 29th October, 2017 wrote:
Convicted: Somersetshire (Bridgewater) Quarter Sessions
Offence: Housebreaking and theft
Sentence: Transportation 7 years
Classification: Success (provisional)
Walter Linto was baptised on the 20th December 1834 in Hardington Mandeville, Somerset, the son of William and Anne Linto and brother to Robert, Elizabeth and Maria.(i) William Linto, who was widowed in 1843 when his wife Anne died, was transported for 10 years to Western Australia aboard the “Mermaid” on the 9th January 1851, having been found guilty of stealing a hive of bees at the Somersetshire (Bridgewater) Quarter Sessions on the 3rd July 1849.(ii)
Little else is known of Walter Linto’s childhood and early life history until he was first summoned to appear at the Somerset County Sessions on the 30th June 1846 on a charge of larceny. No Bill was presented and he was acquitted.(iii) Six months later on the 11th January 1847 he was again in front of the courts, the Somerset County Adjourned Sessions, accused of larceny, found guilty and sentenced to two months imprisonment and to be whipped.(iv)
There follows a reasonably substantial interval of nearly 2 ½ years before Walter Linto re-offends. He appears at the Somersetshire (Bridgewater) Quarter Sessions on the 3rd July 1849 (the same day as his father) accused of “Housebreaking and theft”, found guilty and sentenced to transportation for 7 years. The Bristol Mercury, published on the 14th July 1849, reported that along with his co-accused, Emanuel Purchase, he had been found guilty of breaking into the dwelling-house of Sarah Baker and stealing 8s.(v). He was initially received at Taunton Gaol as part of the interim standard holding arrangements and later, on the 25th August 1849, transferred to Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight to undergo reformatory training prior to transporation. His initial Gaoler’s Report commented that he had previously been “Once convicted”, was aged 13, single and could neither read nor write (His convict documentation in Van Diemen’s Land confirmed that he could both read and write and it must be assumed that these skills were learned during his time in Parkhurst Prison.(vi)) He was discharged from Parkhurst Prison on the 19th August 1852 in readiness for transportation to Van Diemen’s Land.(vii)
Walter Linto sailed from Plymouth in Devon aboard the “Equestrian” on the 1st September 1852, eventually disembarking at Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land, on the 16th December 1852.(viii) The Surgeon Superintendent during the voyage, Alexander Cross, had no comments on his behaviour during those three months.. He was ranked a Probationary Ticket of Leave Holder immediately upon arrival on the understanding, and proportionate to his 7 year sentence, that once he had completed 18 months of colonial servitude with employers designated by the authorities, he would be entitled to the award of a full Ticket of Leave. His Conduct Record (ix) charts his continuing behaviour:
01/04/1853: Nelson/Sorell: Misconduct in being insolent: Four days
16/07/1853: Nelson/Sorell: Neglect of duty and misconduct in being absent
without permission: Forty-eight hours solitary.
03/01/1854: Nelson/Sorell : Misconduct in wilfully destroying his Master’s
property: Three days solitary.
27/02/1854: Nelson/Sorell: Misconduct in being absent from his Master’s
premises without leave; Admonished.
26/06/1854: Nelson/Sorell: Insubordination: Eighteen months hard labour in
chains: Approved Impression Bay: Not to seek
service in the District of Sorell 30/06/1854.
11/08/1855: Lawrence/North Huon: Refusing to work: Seven days hard labour.
19/02/1856: Ticket of Leave.
26/02/1856: Recommended for a Conditional Pardon.
15/08/1856: Certificate of Freedom.
No further information for Walter Linto has been retrieved.(x)
Comment: There are no recorded instances of re-offending and
provisionally assume that Walter Linto was absorbed
into colonial society as a free citizen.
(i): Indent, Archives Office of Tasmania, CON14-1-46, Image Nos.88, 89
(On-line 05/09/2009) and confirmed by Lynne Penny whose husband is
connected to the first generation Linto family by marriage, namely, his
Great Grandfather married the widow of Robert Linto,Walter Linto’s brother,
(ii): Convict Database, http://www.fremantleprison.com.au/Pages/Convict.aspx
(iii): England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, The National Archives,
(iv): England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892, The National Archives,
(v): 19th Century British Library Newspapers, http://find.galegroup.com Document
Walter Linto’s co-defendant, Emanuel Purchase, was also sent to Parkhurst
Prison but not transported. In fact he was released on license from the prison
on 09/05/1854 and according to the 1861 England Census was living with his
widowed mother in Hardington, Somerset.
(vi): Conduct Record, Archives Office of Tasmania, CON33-1-99 and now
available as Image No.177 on AOT’s website http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au
(vii): Parkhurst Prison Register, The National Archives, HO24/15, p.102.
(viii): QSearch – Tasmanian Convict Records [CD-ROM]
NB: The website Convicts to Australia details the voyage
of the Convict Ship “Equestrian” at the following link:
(ix): AOT, CON33-1-99.
(x): Research has been carried out across a wide range of sources, including the
National Library of Australia’s TROVE website, Archives Office of
Tasmania, the International Genealogical Index courtesy of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the genealogical family research request
websites RootsWeb and RootsChat and not forgetting Google
Convict Changes History
Leonie Dolley on 11th April, 2013 made the following changes:
date of birth 1836, gender, occupation, crime