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William Price

William Price, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Price
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 25th December, 1792
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th May, 1877
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1815
Arrival date: 30th January, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 234
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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Phil Hands on 27th June, 2017 wrote:

On Sunday 3rd February 1815, about three o’clock in the afternoon, at which time all the family, except an elderly female servant were gone to church, three fellows went to the house of Mr Merrington, an opulent farmer residing near Billericay, and knocking at the door, demanded admittance. The old woman prudently reconnoured her visitors from the chamber window, and not liking their appearance, refused to open the door. One of them, named Price, who had formerly living in the family, got a ladder, and they made good their entrance at the chamber window. The old lady perceiving what they were about, retreated to the back door, and made the best of her way down to the church, a distance of a mile, and gave the alarm. All the male part of the congregation went in pursuit of the robbers, who were discovered in a wood dividing up the spoil, which they had obtained by breaking open bureaus, drawers, &c. They were secured, pinioned, and taken to the church where they were kept during the remainder of the service. The Clergyman, who is also a Magistrate, then proceeded to take depositions of the witnesses, and finally committed them to Chelmsford gaol. Monday morning they underwent another examination and were committed for trial.
Tried and convicted on 6th March 1815 at the Essex Assizes for for housebreaking, sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life.
Left England mid August 1815.
Ship:- the ‘Ocean’ sailed with 220 male convicts on board of which 2 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 30th January 1816.

He was to William Cox of Clarendon.

On 21st September 1818 he married Ann Cooper at Richmond, (Ann was the daughter of convict Charles Cooper, ‘Barwell’ 1798 & his wife Alice), they had 9 chidren between 1819-1843.

He very quickly established himself by industry. During the 1820’s he set up business in March Street, Richmond as a tanner and currier.
In 1822 he bought one acre of land from William Bowman and by 1827 had constructed this two storey dwelling where he resided with his wife and several children. William also ran a post office and an undertakers business from this site, the building still stands today.

By 1828 he had been given his ticket of leave.
In the 1830’s some of his duties in Richmond included being the undertaker, (a calling which continued in the family).
Later he became the 4th postmaster of Richmond.
All the time he acquired property.
At the time of his death on 28th May 1877, he was regarded as a gentleman in the Hawkesbury area. He had risen from his convict origins by temperance, hard work and determination.

Maureen Withey on 11th August, 2020 wrote:

Sydney Gazette, 23 Jul 1829.
CONDITIONAL PARDONS respectively dated 27th May, 1828, and granted to the undermentioned Individuals, viz.
William Price, per Ship Ocean (1)

NSW 1828 Census Index. Richmond district. Halds 1 acre of land, cleared and cultivated.
William Price, age, 37, T.L. Ocean 1, 1816, Life, Labourer.
Ann, 37, born in colony.
William, 9, born in colony.
Charles, 6.
John, 4.
Mary Ann, 2.

Convict Changes History

John McLaren on 20th June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 25th December, 1792 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th May, 1877 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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