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William Russell

William Russell, one of 200 convicts transported on the Asia, 29 September 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Russell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 Life

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 29th September, 1831
Arrival date: 13th February, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 176
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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Tina Bean on 8th May, 2016 wrote:

William was tried at the Oxford Assizes on 13th July 1831 for stealing a waistcoat. He was previously convicted and gaoled for 6 months for stealing sheep skins.
He was sentenced to transportation for life.

RUSSELL William - Asia 1831 43/563 28 Apr 1843 Ticket of Leave Passport [4/4250; Reel 971] Ticket of Leave 42/0816; On the recommendation of Maitland Bench

RUSSELL William - Asia 1832 45/0196 27 Feb 1845 Ticket of Leave Passport [4/4256; Reel 973] Ticket of Leave 42/0816; On the recommendation of Maitland Bench

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Thursday 5 July 1832
1010. Russell William, Asia (9), cattle jobber and butcher, to Timothy Nowland, Maitland

William was granted a conditional pardon on 31 December 1847. A condition of the pardon was that he never returned to England.
RUSSELL William - Asia 1832 48/461 CP 31 Dec 1847 [4/4456] 786-025-026

RUSSELL, William, 29- Asia, Life, April 1832, Catharine McKesey, 23 requested permission to marry. Request granted 26 Apr 1832.
Registers of convicts’ applications to marry. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia: State Records Authority of New South Wales. Series 12212

Wm Russell, Asia 1832 born 1816. 5 foot 6 inches. Sallow complexion. Woman on right arma and man and woman on left. Bald on top of head, Oxford, Protestant, Labourer. Gaol, Newcastle. Date of entry 1856.
Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Article in the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser.
Conditional Pardon Found on the Queen’s Wharf Morpeth, in favour of William Russell- ship Asia.
1855 ‘Classified Advertising’, The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), 7 February, p. 3. , viewed 26 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article697825

Convict Changes History

Tina Bean on 8th May, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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