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William Ray

William Ray, one of 150 convicts transported on the Hadlow, August 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ray
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Hadlow
Departure date: August, 1818
Arrival date: 24th December, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 151 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 83 (43)
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

Maureen Withey on 10th April, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Index.

RAY, William. Per “Hadlow”, 1818

1819 Jan 4 - On list of convicts disembarked from the “Hadlow” and forwarded to Liverpool for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.246)
1824 Jan 12 - On lists of prisoners transported to Port Macquarie per “Sally” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.102, 458-9)

D Wong on 11th April, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
17th June 1818
WILLIAM CLOVES, THOMAS DUGOOD, JOHN OWEN, WILLIAM JOYNES, JOHN FEAR, JOHN JONES, WILLIAM RAY, THOMAS JASPER, THOMAS COOTE, GEORGE MEKIN, and MARY ANN REED were severally and separately indicted for feloniously having forged bank notes in their possession, knowing them to be forged. Found guilty, pleaded guilty. Sentenced to transportation. Sentence outcome was transported.

23/12/1823 Sydney Gazette:
William Ray, Hadlow 1, 21, London, 5 feet 1 and a quarter inches high, hazel eyes, brown hair, dark complexion - Absconded from Mr. Murdock’s clearing party.

18/6/1832: COF
22/7/1837: Colonial Pardon.

On his COF - sent to Norfolk Island for 3 years by the Parramatta Bench, dated 1826.

Then looks like he was a constable in Sydney, (writing is hard to decipher) and was charged with forgery and sentenced to transportation for life -—did not find him in Tas., or Moreton Bay etc.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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