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William Sherwin

William Sherwin, one of 149 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Sherwin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 1838
Age: 37 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Leicester (Boro) Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 17th December, 1818
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 54
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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D Wong on 16th September, 2017 wrote:

20/12/1817 Leicester Chronicle Leicestershire, England:
On Tuesday last William Sherwin only fifteen years of age, was committed to the Town gaol, charged with stealing twenty four silk handkerchiefs.

William was 16 years old on arrival. 
Born Leicester, he was 5’4” tall, fresh complexion, brown hair, light hazel eyes.

20/1/1825: Free Certificate.

14/3/1825: Married Sarah Clark/Clarke (Lord Sidmouth 1823) - He was 23 and free, Sarah was 22 - Married at St David’s, Hobart.

28/5/1825: William Sherwin was born, Hobart.

Sarah was then assigned to her husband.

26/5/1832 The Hobart Town Courier:
Top of Liverpool street,
BEGS to inform the public, that he has on sale
a large quantity of Boots and Shoes, of every description, which he can warrant good.
Country orders executed on the shortest notice.
He has on hand a large quantity of the choicest Apples the colony can produce.
Onion seed, by the ounce 13d., do. per lb. 18s.
Prime salt hides,: do. kip and kangaroo skins on the most reasonable terms.
Slops of every description.

24/8/1832 The Tasmanian, Hobart:
Sarah Sherwin, was brought up by warrant, to answer the charge of her husband, William Sherwin, of Liverpool-street, a very industrious, thriving, and seriously disposed man, who prayed sureties of the peace, and stated that he had discovered that his wife, to whom he had been married seven or eight years in this country, was married at
home, and that through her general misconduct he had for some time previous lived apart; that a few days back he was returning in comoany with the Rev. Mr. Miller, both on horseback from Brown’s River, where they had been endeavouring to propagate the Gospel, when he was assailed by threats and abuse from his wife, which he
charitably at that time overlooked ; that again on this day she called at his shop, and asked him for a little tea and sugar, which he refused to give her ; this so enraged her, that she struck him twice, and then took up a knife and swore she would run him through. From this circumstance, although he did not make the complaint
from any ill-will or hatred towards her, but because he was in bodily fear, he prayed sureties of the peace. The poor lost creature, who seemed sensible of her destitute and forlorn situation, having no separate maintenance, upon being called upon for her defence, acknowledged she had done wrong, adding that her husband shewed her
very little Christianity in refusing her a little tea and sugar. Being unable to find sureties, she was committed to gaol.

5/8/1834: William Sherwin, Tanner, Currier, Shoemake and General Dealer - moving to recently erected premises at No. 80 Liverpool Street, Hobart.

6/2/1838 Colonial Times, Hobart:
To be Let,
ALL those extensive Premises, late the
property of William Sherwin, deceased,
known as No. 80, Liverpool street, Hobart
Town, comprising front shop and dwelling
house, cellars, kitchen, mens work shop and
sleeping rooms, having at this time an excellent trade attached thereto.
With or without the above, the Tannery, in
Collins street, Hobart Town, now in full operaion, with the whole of the stock in and out
of the pits, or any part which may be taken
at a valuation by the tenant. Possession can
be given on the 1st of the ensuing month.
An Allotment of Land at New Town, containing three Acres, all in cultivation, well stocked with fruit trees in full bearing.
Apply at No. 80, Liverpool street
5th of the 2nd month, 1838.

Have not found William’s date of death - he was alive in November 1837 and deceased by February 1838.

Ailsa McLaren on 16th September, 2017 wrote:

William Sherwin’s sister, Elizabeth Sherwin, was transported on Lord Sidmouth (3), along with Sarah Clark.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1838 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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