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William McDonald

William McDonald, one of 312 convicts transported on the Rodney, 19 August 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William McDonald
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Umbrella maker
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Rodney
Departure date: 19th August, 1850
Arrival date: 28th November, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 315 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 335 (169)
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

Anonymous on 1st June, 2012 wrote:

William McDonald was transported for stealing 1 purse, value 6d., 1 sovereign, 6 shillings, and 1 groad from Elizabeth Watkins - in the company of James Arthur (Balgalore) and Thomas Everitt (Rodney).

William was 33 years old on arrival and he was born in St. Georges, East ??.  William was 5’4 1/2" tall, single, catholic, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, brown whiskers, brown eyes and eyebrows, JD inside underneath upper part of left arm and partly bald.  His father was John, sisters were Maria, Eliza and Ann.

13/7/1852: TOL
20/7/1852: Recommended for CP
1853: Free

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 1st June, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816-00-00, gender m

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