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Laban White

Laban White, one of 160 convicts transported on the Eliza, 13 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Laban White
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1873
Age: 79 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 14 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Bristol Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 13th July, 1822
Arrival date: 22nd November, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 187 (94)
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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Community Contributions

D Wong on 25th January, 2014 wrote:

Laban White was born in Pedington, Wiltshire, the son of Robert White and Mary Holloway. 

In his early twenties he married Jane Williams nee Evans 1778-1846, a widow with a daughter called Mary Ann born in 1801.  They had a daughter also, Jane White, baptised in Bristol in December 1817.

Laban had served an apprenticeship as a chemist and druggist in Bristol but was listed in a Bristol directory as a “China and glass dealer”.
Laban was assigned to a wealthy landowner, William Cox who was a friend of Laban’s parents and was sent inland to Bathurst.

His wife Jane, daughter Jane, and step-daughter Mary Ann Williams were left in England.  By 1828 the Government was encouraging families to emigrate and Jane and daughters embarked on the “Borneo” for NSW.

Laban had been employed by William Cox, first as a butler and then estate manager at Clarendon, near Windsor.  While at Bathurst he had fathered a child, Lydia Jane, 1827-1862 to a young convict woman named Mary Johnstone.  Lydia was adopted into another family, although Laban acknowledged and supported his daughter.

1829: TOL Hawkesbury
19/8/1833: CP

In 1845 Laban had a relationship with Lucy Brown 1814-1876 the wife of Jesse Upton 1806-1872 and just coming out of a relationship with William Norris 1813-1843 and Lucy had a son Laban White born 5/6/1846 only 3 months after his wife Jane died.  Only 25 days after his son was born Laban married the twice widowed Mary Howe 1798-1882.

Laban became prosperous and well respected.  He was the local chemist, druggist, auctioneer and in 1860 was appointed the Coroner for the district of Windsor.

1873: Laban White died and is interred with his wife Jane and daughter Jane and his son-in-law George Guest.

Denis Pember on 29th October, 2015 wrote:

In June 1867, Laban acted as Coroner in the inquest of the six members of the Eather family who had died in the devastating floods in the Cornwallis/Sackville Reach area that year.
A report of the inquest was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, June 27th 1867.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 25th January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1794 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1873 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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