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William Rowe

William Row, one of 167 convicts transported on the Adrian, 13 April 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Rowe
Aliases: Row
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Farm overseer/cattleman
Date of Death: 28th April, 1893
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing rabbits
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Adrian
Departure date: 13th April, 1830
Arrival date: 20th August, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 168 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 331 (168)
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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Heather Galley on 25th May, 2014 wrote:

In one instance in your record the surname is shown as ROWE and in another as ROW

D Wong on 26th May, 2014 wrote:

William was recorded as ‘Row at the Old Bailey Trial:  WILLIAM ROW and WILLIAM SANDERS were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of August , I live tame rabbit, price 4s. , the property of Jeremiah Dodd .

WILLIAM HALL . I am an inspector of St. Luke’s watch. On the 20th of August, before twelve o’clock at night, the prisoners passed me in Windmill-street- Row had something under his jacket and Sanders had a jail dress on; I followed them - they walked quickly on to Finsbury-square, and then Sauders ran away: I took Row, and asked what he had got - he said a rabbit which he had found in Hoxton; I asked where he lived - he said he had no home, but slept in Fleet-market - next morning he told me he had found it in Tabernacle-square; I found Sanders on the 28th, about three quarters of a mile from the prosecutor’s.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Was it because Sanders had a jail dress on that you suspected him? A. No, I knew him before - Row could not run away, because I collared him.

CAROLINE DODD . I am the wife of Jeremiah Dodd; we live in Hoxton . On Thursday, the 20th of August, I locked up my rabbit at nine o’clock in the evening; it was gone the next morning - four files had been taken off the roof of the shed; I knew Sanders before.
Cross-examined. Q. Where did Sanders live? A. On the same floor with me; I know the rabbit, it has a cut in one of its ears - this is it; I have fed it from its birth - we lost a pick-axe and some other things; I do not know Row.
Row’s Defence. I was coming through Hoxton that Thursday evening, and saw the rabbit running across the road; the other prisoner was with me - we ran, and caught it up a gateway.
Sander’s Defence. I never had a prison dress on in my life; it was a dress I had from the parish.
ROW - GUILTY . Aged 17.
Transported for Seven Years .

Convict Changes History

Paul Hams on 3rd June, 2013 made the following changes:

surname Rowe (prev. Row), date of birth 1813, date of death 28th April, 1893, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 25th May, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Row

D Wong on 26th May, 2014 made the following changes:


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