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William Steele

William Steel, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Steele
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1793
Occupation: Clerk/pawn broker
Date of Death: 25th May, 1815
Age: 22 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing calico
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Calcutta
Departure date: February, 1803
Arrival date: 4th October, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 293 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 342
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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Tony Beale on 10th December, 2020 wrote:

occupation childs pump maker

Old Bailey Online

471. WILLIAM STEELE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of May , twenty five yards of Irish cloth, value 50s. the property of Thomas Foster , and John Brown , in their dwelling-house .

THOMAS FOSTER sworn. - I am a linen draper , in partnership with John Brown, No. 25, Oxford-street, I heard an alarm, I came down stairs and found the prisoner in the shop, in custody of Fellows.

JOSEPH FELLOWS sworn. - I am a coach-plater: On Tuesday, the 18th of May, between six and seven in the evening, I was coming down Oxford-street, and saw the prisoner in company with two other boys; the prisoner came out of Mr. Foster’s shop with a piece of cloth under a leather apron; I suspected he had stolen it; I watched him and the other boys into a passage, about three houses higher up, in Oxford-street; I made enquiry at the shop, and then returned to the passage, and found the cloth lying there; I was going back to Mr. Foster’s, and then I saw the prisoner in company with one of the boys going towards the passage; I pursued him, and took him, I delivered the cloth to the shopman. (The cloth was identified by Mr. Foster.)

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence.

GUILTY, aged 9.

Of stealing goods to the value of 39s.

Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Tony Beale on 10th December, 2020 wrote:

Wrong occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 27th May, 2021 wrote:

Burials in the Paris of St David’s Hobart -
No; 181
Name; William Stevens
When Died; 25 May 1815 - EXECUTED; When Buried; Hung in Chains
Age; 26 [1792]
Ship’s Name; Calcutta
Remarks; Convict

William Stephens (Steel) - 25 May 1815 - Hanged at Hobart for bush-ranging

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 10th December, 2020 made the following changes:

surname: Steele (prev. Steel), date of birth: 1793 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 27th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 25th May, 1815 (prev. 0000)

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