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William Lockwood

William Lockwood, one of 224 convicts transported on the Waterloo, 18 November 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Lockwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 25th July, 1876
Age: 61 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 14 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Waterloo
Departure date: 18th November, 1834
Arrival date: 3rd March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 468
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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Anonymous on 23rd August, 2011 wrote:

Died in Hobart,  Tasmania. Australia

Rudi de Burgh on 31st December, 2015 wrote:

William was born in Laxfield,Suffolk,in1815.His parents were,William Lockwood,1788-1858 and Sarah Noble 1788-1867.In Tasmania he married (1)Lucy Mason (I believe that she was also a convict)(2)Margaret Bence.

D Wong on 2nd January, 2016 wrote:

William Lockwood was 21 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported for “Receiving stolen turkeys”.

William was 5’5 ¼” tall, black hair, grey eyes, single.

1835: Assigned to Mr Hodgkinson.
7/5/1841: TOL
8/6/1843: CP
10/5/1844: Receiving – committed for trial.

4/10/1849: Certificate

8/9/1863: Feloniously receiving a shirt – 12 months hard labour.

21/9/1840: Married Lucy Mason, aged 14, daughter of a settler.  They had two sons, William Edward Lockwood, Robert Edwin Lockwood baptised, 26 Dec 1843.

15/12/1856: Married Margaret Bence (Anna Maria 1852).
They had 6 children, John 1857, Margaret Maria 1862, Frederick 1868, Edward 1871, Charles 1874, Mary Jane 1875.

25/7/1786: William died aged 60 at Hobart of ‘Enlargement of the heart’.
Margaret died 16/10/1904.

Tim Wright on 13th March, 2016 wrote:

I hesitate to weigh in against the experts, but I have some doubts about details of this story.
1. What is the evidence that the William Lockwood transported on the Waterloo was the one born in Laxfield in 1815?  The offence of stealing the turkeys took place in Bacton, 20 miles from Laxfield, possible but enough to raise some doubt.  The date of birth fits with some of the other evidence, but not with other parts of the evidence.  The convict records have him from Needham Market, though that doesn’t need to be his birth place.
2. While there is no doubt that William transported on the Waterloo married Lucy Mason (13 year old?? daughter of a farmer, not a convict), what is the evidence that this was the same person who married Margaret Bence?  Personally, I think it probably is the same person, but I haven’t found any divorce record for William and Lucy, so there must be a real question.  William transported on the Waterloo is last clearly identified in 1852 departing on a ship to Melbourne.
3. I think that William and Margaret’s children might have included Samuel, born 1859.  Mary Ann Lockwood witnessed his marriage in 1884, though we don’t have a birth record.  He died possibly 1932 in Railton.  I must admit there are some odd things about the marriage.  His bride was Alice Emily Godfrey.  An Alice Emily Godfrey(surely not a very common name?) married Joseph Evans in Richmond 1882.  But the marriage record for Samuel is clear enough.  There is no further evidence for her life.
4. How sure are we that the 1876 death was this William?  This was one year after the birth of his youngest child, while we are told he died alone in 1876 of a swollen heart.  An alternative is 1897 buried Pontville (where Mary Ann was buried 1904), though again he was a pauper alone, and the age (90) is a problem (though no more so than for 1876 aged 70).  Again, I don’t know which (if either) is correct, but I don’t think we can be confident about any of these details of his story.

Judith Lockwood on 10th September, 2017 wrote:

William Lockwood is my great great great grandfather , I had my brother do a DNA test through family tree DNA and he had a match with a family in Tasmania that were related to Margaret Bence and William Lockwood. Unsure if William and Lucy were divorced as I couldn’t find any records but she and one of the sons Robert ended up in America and she remarried a William Evans.

Convict Changes History

Rudi de Burgh on 31st December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1876 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 2nd January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 25th July, 1876 (prev. 1876), gender: m, occupation

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