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William Ward

William Ward, one of 180 convicts transported on the Almorah, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Ward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 14th April, 1799
Occupation: Timber dealer
Date of Death: 16th February, 1876
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Almorah
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 29th August, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 343 (173)
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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Anonymous on 30th August, 2011 wrote:

William Ward was 17 years old and a London Chimney Sweep when he was convicted of theft in the Old Bailey in 1816. Sentenced to transportation for seven years, he was transported on the Almorah, arriving in Sydney at the end of August 1817. With many other Convicts from the Almorah, he was immediately transferred to another Convict ship named ‘Pilot’ for the final leg of the journey to Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania). They arrived in Hobart in early October 1817.

William served most of his sentence in Port Dalrymple (now Launceston) and George Town. He faced discipline on a number of occasions, and suffered under the lash more than once.

On his release in 1824, he made his way to Brisbane Water, north of Sydney, where he worked cutting trees for timber and shingles. He seems to have been an enterprising man and he was soon working for himself as a timber merchant and employing other people to do the hard work.

In 1837 he married Catherine Mitchell, a young Convict woman from Scotland. The couple prospered on what is now the Central Coast of New South Wales, raising a family of nine children. William became a mariner and ship owner, while carrying on the timber business, while Catherine ran a general store.

William died in 1876 but Catherine lived for another 20 years. Many of their children became involved in ship-building, either directly or through marriage. Their son Manasseh became a prominent citizen in the district, including becoming the first President of the Erina Shire (now Gosford).

William and Catherine were hard working pioneers who prospered despite their Convict experience. There are many hundreds of descendents of this enterprising couple in Australia today.

John Hogg on 21st February, 2012 wrote:

William Wards wife Catharine Mitchell had a half sister Mary Mitchell alias Mary Green living in Sydney this Mary drowned 11-12-1862 in Darling Harbour- Mary Mitchell was born 1-10-1801 at Alloa Clackmannanshire Scotland to John Mitchell and Isobel Millar Isobel died and John Mitchell married second 1807 Catharine MacGregor Catharine Mitchell was their child born 1817 at Alloa - Mary Green had two children in Sydney to Hugh Green Mariner a Mary Ann Green born 1849 and Matilda Green born 1851 - Mary Mitchell alias Mary Ann French alias convict Tasmania unknown ? alias Mary Green - was Catharine Mitchell aware of her sister Mary Green as Mary Green mentioned to go to her sister at Brisbane Waters in March 1859 when discharged from the Benevolent Asylum - John Hogg Bli. Bli. Queensland

Convict Changes History

Hamish Slade on 19th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 14th April, 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th February, 1876 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Bruce Ward on 20th January, 2018 made the following changes:


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