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William Nelson

William Nelson, one of 400 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 07 November 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Nelson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Farmer & ploughman
Date of Death: 16th October, 1844
Age: 42 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 7 years

Crime: Desertion from army
Convicted at: Westminster Court Martial
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 7th November, 1837
Arrival date: 1st April, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 208
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

D Wong on 8th October, 2016 wrote:

William Nelson was 35 years old on arrival and was transported for ‘Desertion’ - absent 1 Year & 9 months
Previous convictions: 4 times absent for Desertion 20 days Solitary Confinement in Barracks.

William was Quiet and orderly, well behaved, 5’ 10” tall, dark brown hair, light grey eyes, single.

19/5/1843: TOL
1844: Free Certificate

16/10/1844 - burial date - William was 42 years old when he died at Campelltown.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 8th October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th October, 1844 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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