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William Lister

William Lister, one of 188 convicts transported on the Atlas, 16 January 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Lister
Aliases: William Glover, Lester
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 16th January, 1816
Arrival date*: 16th September, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 247 (125)
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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Maureen Withey on 15th December, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 15 December 2019), April 1815, trial of WILLIAM LISTER (t18150405-45).
WILLIAM LISTER, Theft > pocketpicking, 5th April 1815.

468. WILLIAM LISTER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22nd of February , a pocket book, value 2 s. the property of William Green , from his person .

WILLIAM GREEN . I live at St. Thomas Apostle. On the 22nd of February, I was between Gracechurch-street and Fenchurch-street ; I lost my pocket book; I felt the pocket book go from me; I felt a twitch at my pocket; the prisoner was behind me; I looked round, and saw the prisoner crossing the road, and seeing him watching me and my friend that was with me. I suspected him, that he was the person that had taking my pocket book from me; I ran, and took hold of him; he threw the pocket book away from him, from under his coat; my friend picked the pocket book up, and delivered it to me; it contained a note for twenty pounds, and eighteen pounds. This is the pocket book; it is mine.

Prisoner’s Defence. I throw myself on the mercy of the court.

JOSEPH DAY. I saw the prisoner drop the pocket book when Mr. Green laid hold of him.

GUILTY , aged 26.

Transported for Life .

London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

Saturday, July 18th, 1818
WHEREAS ... and William Glover, alias
Lester, a Convict, 5 feet 6 inches high, sallow
complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, born in
London, is 25 years of age, was tried at the
Old Bailey, London, 1815, sentenced to be
transported for Life, came England in the Ship
Atlas, and here in the Ship Chapman;  .. have absconded from the Public Works at Hobart Town;
Hobart Town Gazette, 25 July 1818

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 15th December, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: William Glover, alias2: Lester, gender: m, crime

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