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William Stuart

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Stuart
Aliases: Stewart, Mckernan
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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
Convicted at: Ireland, Londonderry
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fergusson
Departure date: 16th November, 1828
Arrival date: 26th March, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 46 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Arhives
Source description:

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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 wrote:

William STUART was convicted at Londonderry, Ireland in 1828 for stealing.  7 yr transportation sentence.  Sent to New South Wales, Australia 1829 per the ship “Fergusson”.

Single man.
Spent 5 years on Norfolk Island (off the east coast of NSW). Some notes of misconduct but received his Certificate of Freedom 3 Aug 1835.

Transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1845 per the ship “Lady Franklin” from Norfolk Island. He had been tried at Sydney Supreme Court for forgery, on 9 th Nov. 1840. Life sentence.

Personal details recorded, in 1845:
Native place of birth: Westmeath, Ireland.
Roman Catholic, can read & write; labourer, aged 40 yrs; 5’4 1/2” height; ruddy complexion; brown hair; Hazel eyes.
Stated his proper name was “William McKernan”.
Father: William (surname not stated)
Mother: Mary     ”    ”    “

Colony of VDL:
Probation period of 1 year.
1st Station Gang: Lymington
1847: at Deloraine district.
1847: absconded. 9 mths imprisonment with hard labour, in chains.
25 Aug 1847: Ticket of Leave granted
20 Nov 1860: Conditional Pardon approved.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Arhives (prev. ), firstname: William, surname: Stuart, alias1: Stewart, alias2: Mckernan, alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Nell Murphy on 6th October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), occupation

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