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William Russell

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Russell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1759
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1814
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Limerick
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 24th August, 1799
Arrival date: 11th January, 1800
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 233 other convicts

References

Primary source: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au; SHip's Indents - Minerva, Col Secretary's correspondence (Petition 1810); Convict muster for year 1816. Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday 7th April 1798, p 4 Sydney Gazette, 7/5/1814 p. 2
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Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2016 wrote:

William Russell was transported for Life on “Minerva” after being found guilty at Limerick of administering unlawful oaths. 

He was tried in March 1798, before the Rebellion actually broke out in May.  He was probably a United Irishman, recruiting others around Limerick.

Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday 7th April 1798, p 4
“LIMERICK, MARCH 31.
Yesterday, in the city Court, Patrick George, James George, Michael Hogan etc ….
” Same day, in the county court, William Russell, found guilty of administering unlawful oaths, to be transported for life – and John Donovan capitally convicted of a rape, to be hanged on Monday 9th April.”

LIFE in NSW

Arrived per “Minerva” January 1800
* 1802 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death but reprieved by an order of the Governor on condition of being sentenced to Norfolk Island. - Per Governor’s note in NSW COl Sec corro.  No details of the crime are given.
* 1806 Muster - 1806 muster, Prisoner Ticket of Leave. Self employed.
Mary Lewis Per Nile. Prisoner Ticket of Leave. Lives with William Russell, carpenter.

1810 Petition to Macquarie
Macquarie had revoked all pardons given since Bligh’s downfall, on his arrival in NSW and required convicts to re-apply to him.  William Russell was therefore forced to request his freedom again.

His petition says that Has been in this Colony more than ten years, has a weak and feeble constitution, and has always been in government employ and still is, always supporting this life a quiet sober honest industrious person. 

Petition for Mitigation 1810

His petition said he had laboured a long sentence and was confident of meriting and therefore petitioned Lt Gov Paterson who was pleased on Inquiry into his character to grant Petitioner a free Pardon.

Rusell was now having to write to Macquarie to make his pardon a general one. He asked Macquarie to consider the length of time in the colony and general tenor of his behaviour. He had turned in his earlier document to the Secretary’s Office in accord with the Governor’s Order.

Broughton wrote in support “ I have known the Petitioner for more than ten years and have always found him a quiet peaceable, honest and industrious character.  … has been in the constant employ of government and conducts himself so far as his feeble constitution will allow … …”

1816 Muster – Carpenter, Dead 1814

Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2016 wrote:

Sydney Gazette, Saturday 7th May 1814 p. 2
“LETTERS of Administration to the Estate and Effects of
William Russell, deceased, having been granted by the
Court of Civil Jurisdiction lo Mr. Patrick Cullen, and Mr
Thomas Boulton, of Sydney , all Persons having any Claims
upon the said Estate and Effects are hereby required to , pre
sent the same for immediate Payment ; and all those who
stand indebted to the said Estate are requested to close
their respective Accounts forthwith.”

Robin Sharkey on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

William Russell was involved in the Castle Hill rebellion of 4th March 1804. He was among the many Irish convicts then sent to Coal River (later called Newcastle) as punishment to work in the coal mines there.

Robin Sharkey on 28th November, 2016 wrote:

William Russell was involved in the Castle Hill rebellion of 4th March 1804. He was among the many Irish convicts then sent to Coal River (later called Newcastle) as punishment, where he worked in the coal mines there.

Ian Bowrey on 17th July, 2018 wrote:

On 23 June 1802 William Russell was before Criminal Court for Burglary, [Reel 2392, 2703 [5/1145] p189; Reel 2651 , 2700 [5/1149] p103. On 28 June 1802, intercession by French commander Baudin, enabled Gov King to rescind a sentence of hanging, to transportation to Norfolk Island. According to Raymond Nobbs ‘Norfolk Island and its First Settlement’, Russell arr on NI on 22 Nov 1802 and did not depart until 28 Oct 1805. He may have been the William Russell who escaped from Newcastle with others in December 1805. [SG 22 Dec 18095]

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 31st December, 2012 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 99 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1759, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, source: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au; SHip's Indents - Minerva, Col Secretary's correspondence (Petition 1810); Convict muster for year 1816. Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday 7th April 1798, p 4 (prev. http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au), da

Robin Sharkey on 4th April, 2016 made the following changes:

source: http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au; SHip's Indents - Minerva, Col Secretary's correspondence (Petition 1810); Convict muster for year 1816. Finns Leinster Journal, Saturday 7th April 1798, p 4 Sydney Gazette, 7/5/1814 p. 2 (prev. http://srwww.records

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