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William Powell

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Powell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Weaver
Date of Death: 4th July, 1843
Age: 35 years

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 7 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
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


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 223 (114)
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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D Wong on 21st February, 2020 wrote:

William Powell was listed as 23 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Cheshire.

William was literate, protestant, single, 5’4¾” tall, fiar freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, mark of a bile on left cheek, woman on lower left arm, scar on left arm near elbow.

16/8/1832: Weaver.  Assigned to Potter Macqueen, Segenhoe.

24 July 1833:
Place: Invermein
Source: Invermein Court of Petty Sessions. Deposition Books 1833 -1834 (Ancestry)
Details: William Powell per ship Portland, assigned to Thomas Potter Macqueen. Charged with neglect of duty. Jeremiah Horrigan states - The prisoner is a shepherd; on Friday last he lost the whole of his flock; he counted them out of the folds in the morning .....(illegible)....The prisoner states in his defence - he turned out his flock and went to get his breakfast, instead of his flock going towards their usual place they turned on a different direction and when he went to look for them could not find them. The Bench find the prisoner guilty and sentence him to fifty lashes.

24 July 1833:
Place: Invermein
Source: Invermein Court of Petty Sessions. Deposition Books 1833 -1834 (Ancestry)
Details: The prisoner Powell again brought forward on the charge of assaulting the constable Joseph Williamson in the execution of his duty. Joseph Williamson states - I am a farm constable on the Segenhoe Estate - I was directed to proceed and take in charge the prisoner for having lost his sheep; after making him my prisoner he refused to go with me; when I went to handcuff him it became necessary as I had to take several others in custody, he sprang upon me and endeavoured to take my pistol out of my hand. I then struck him on the head with my whip when he stooped down and took up the two stones no shown in court - I was obliged to leave him that night as he refused to come with me. His overseer Horrigan was bye. The following morning I brought him down with another prisoner. They both refused to be handcuffed. Jeremiah Horrigan states - I was present when Williamson went to take the prisoner Powell in custody. I saw the prisoner seize hold of Williamson and went up to him in a threatening manner. I saw Williamson strike him with his whip when the prisoner took up the stones to throw at Williamson and refused to go with him saying he had done his days work and would not do any more. I told the prisoner to go quietly but he refused to be handcuffed or to go at all. The prisoner in his defence says he was first struck by Williamson; he told him he would be at his hut and go with him when he would return past in the morning. The Bench find the prisoner guilty and sentenced him to 35 lashes after the punishment already ordered on the day.

1837: Age 28, Assigned to Thomas Potter Macqueen, Invermein.

1 March 1838:
Place: Muswellbrook
Source: Title: Muswellbrook Court of Petty Sessions, Bench Books, 1838-1843. Ancestry.com
Details: Robert Howlett per Hive 1834, William Powell per Portland 1832, Elias Jones per Mellish 1829, Elijah Skeldon per Susan 1836 and John Hall per Hercules 1832 charged with robbery of Richard Ward, shopkeeper of Muswellbrook. Witnesses Richard Ward; Ann Ward, his wife; Charles Ridgway, poundkeeper of Muswellbrook; James McIntyre, free emigrant employed in the service of Peter McIntyre where the boys Hall and Skeldon were employed; Richard Flanigan, assigned to Potter Macqueen, sawyer working at Aberdeen was a shipmate of William Powell; Thomas Dorman assigned servant to Thomas Potter Macqueen lived at Aberdeen; George Fincher, ticket of leave holder in service to Potter Macqueen. The five prisoners were all committed for trial.

1/4/1843: Convict Death Register - William Powell, (Portland) died at the General Hospital, Norfolk Island.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 21st February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th July, 1843 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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