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William Oakley

William Oakley, one of 178 convicts transported on the Portland, 19 November 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Oakley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: Ploughman and shepherd
Date of Death: 4th April, 1837
Age: 33 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Portland
Departure date: 19th November, 1831
Arrival date: 26th March, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 177 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 222. State Archives NSW (Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4017]; Microfiche: 682) and NSW, Convict List (HO10/29) and NSW Convict Death Register (Series 12213, SR Reel 690)
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

Eileen on 15th May, 2018 wrote:

William was my 3x g-g/f, he apparently stole a sheep to feed his starving wife and 3 small children.  He was initially sentenced to death, but on Appeal with 22 farmers giving him a good character reference this was commuted to transportation for life. He died at a place called Goulburn in 1837.I don’t know the cause of his death and I’m not sure how to find out.

Iris Dunne on 15th May, 2018 wrote:

Convict Indents: aged 28, Estimated Birth Year: About 1803, Date of Conviction: 2 August 1831, can read, Married with 2 children, Trade: Shepherd, Ploughs, Reaps and Sows, Offence: Sheep Stealing, Died in Goulburn 4 April 1837

Convict List: aged 28, Estimated Birth Year: about 1804, Protestant, Employment: William Town, Residence: Bathurst

Convict Death Register: Aged 30, Estimated Birth Year: About 1807, Date of Death: 4th April 1837 in the District of Goulburn.

Iris Dunne on 15th May, 2018 wrote:

No cause of Death on the Death Register. Might be on the Death Certificate though I couldn’t find the Cert. number

Convict Changes History

Eileen on 15th May, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 15th May, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 222. State Archives NSW (Series: NRS 12188; Item: [4/4017]; Microfiche: 682) and NSW, Convict List (HO10/29) and NSW Convict Death Register (Series 122

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