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William Roberts, one of 192 convicts transported on the William Miles, 15 March 1828
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
||Lancaster Quarter Session
15th March, 1828
29th July, 1828
|Place of arrival
||Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 191 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 347 (175)
||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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Lee White on 31st May, 2012 wrote:
William Roberts [ b.WATSON,Lancs] d.1870 was a fine wood worker,taught his trade by his father. As a convict in VDL he was sent to the Huon to spot good timber harvest stands. He married Agnes McMillan,b.1820 d.1877 arrived 1836.Five chn were born while there.After given freedom they moved to Ballarat where he worked with McCanns and Johnsons to make coaches.They were there through the Eureke Stockade.His daughter Lavinia b.1844 d.1872 married John Johnson b.1838 d.1910 son of William Johnson [first class sargeant,corp here by 1825]and Martha Donovan from Barbados.Another daughter,Agnes b.1850 married a french man,Samin [much research has been done on this family]. William and Agnes moved with the extended families to the Richmond River area to harvest cedar and farm c.1860’s.Both died in Lismore.
Rachel Bowers on 25th September, 2016 wrote:
Agnes had a son previously. Frederick Leslie Lee (born 1839 - died 1909) to Frederick Lee. It is unknown if they were married.
Convict Changes History
Lee White on 31st May, 2012 made the following changes:
date of death 1870-00-00, gender f
Lynne Fraser-Byass on 31st December, 2015 made the following changes:
alias1: Formerly Watson, gender: m (prev. f)