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William Ross

William Ross, one of 160 convicts transported on the Earl St Vincent, 20 April 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ross
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Earl St Vincent
Departure date: 20th April, 1826
Arrival date: 13th August, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 11 (7)
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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Maureen Withey on 2nd November, 2019 wrote:

He was tried at the Old Bailey:

WILLIAM ROSS, Theft - grand larceny, 16th February 1826.

455. WILLIAM ROSS was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of January , one spoon, value 8s. , the goods of George Frederick Vorwerg .

GEORGE FREDERICK VORWERG. I live in Little Aliff-street, Goodman’s-fields . On the evening of the 24th of January, about twenty minutes before five o’clock, the prisoner came to my house, and said Mr. Jarman wished to know what time he could see me on the morrow; I said,“Any time;” he said, “That is no time;” I said, “Well then, between eight and nine o’clock;” I said, “You mean Mr. Jarman, down Mile-end-road” - he said, “Yes;” I said,“Is it about the German church;” he said he did not know; he then asked me for a glass of water - I went up stairs, he came to the foot of the stairs, and asked if he was to come up - I said, “Yes;” I went to a cupboard to get a glass, but it was not clean - I put some water into it, to wash it - went to get a cloth to wipe it - I then heard a jingling of spoons in the cupboard, from where I had taken the glass - I rushed forward, and said “What is that?” he said, “Nothing at all;” I said, “This will not do for me, you shall not go” - he had his hands behind him - I looked round, and saw part of this spoon in his hand, I seized it, and said, “What! did you come to rob me?” he said, “Oh no, I only meant to show you, how easily you might be robbed;” I said, “That won’t do for me, you shall prove whether you know Mr. Jarman or not;” he then said, “I don’t know Mr. Jarman - don’t you teach German?” I said, “Yes, I did;” he did not know what to say, and I sent for an officer.

Prisoner. Q. When you first came into the room, and asked what I was about, did I not take the spoon in this direction, and say how cautious you ought to be of exposing your property, when there is a stranger in the room? A. No; he did not say that till I had taken it from him; there were about five more table-spoons, a silver pint pot, half a dozen tea spoons, and a milk-pot; these spoons lay on the top of one another; you could not have taken more without making more noise.

WILLIAM FOSTER . I am an officer. I went to the house and took the prisoner; I went to Mr. Jarman’s, by order of the Magistrates, he said he knew nothing of the prisoner.

Prisoner. Q. When you took me, was not I drunk? A. He was a little in liquor, but not much so.

GUILTY . Aged 42.

Transported for Seven Years .

Tasmanian Record-
Was on a list of 10 men from the ship to be sent to Norfolk Island. Had a record of previous convictions. Age 42, convicted for Larceny. Had been transported before.


However, he was sent instead to Moreton Bay penal establishment.

Moreton Bay record:
Arrived at Moreton Bay, 4 November 1826.
William Ross, clerk, original conviction, London, 16 Jan 1826, sentence 7 years. These six men were landed at Hobart Town from the ship “Earl St Vincent”; and removed hither with 4 others on the ship “Portland”, they having been ordered by the British Government to be sent to Norfolk Island, being notorious bad characters; but his Excellency the Governor has deemed it advisable to send these to Moreton Bay, where they are to remain for their respective sentences. To Sydney, 23 Nov 1832.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 2nd November, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

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