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William Whitehead

William Whitehead, one of 262 convicts transported on the Clara, 19 March 1857

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Whitehead
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1833
Occupation: Turner and filer
Date of Death: 22nd November, 1891
Age: 58 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 15 years

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Lancashire. Assizes Liverpool
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Clara
Departure date: 19th March, 1857
Arrival date: 3rd July, 1857
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 214
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 8th June, 2019 wrote:

Liverpool Mail Lancashire, England
25 Aug 1855:
William Whitehead, 22, was indicted for having, at Salford, on the 24th July last, feloniously assaulted Samuel Cartwright, and robbed him of eighteenpence.  Mr. Hopwood was counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. Wheeler defended the prisoner.  The Prosecutor stated that between ten and eleven o’clock on the night of the 24th July he was passing over the Victoria Bridge, in Salford, when he was attacked by the prisoner, who knocked him down and then rifled his pockets.  He saw the prisoner’s face distinctly, and said “Oh, Whitehead, is that you?  If would rather have given it to you.”  The prisoner then ran away.  He saw him enter the Red Lion vaults, and, following with a police-officer, he gave him into custody.  The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to 15 years’ transportation.

William was 24 years old on arrival, semiliterate, 5’4½” tall, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, fresh complexion, stout, dislocated first joint left forefinger.

21/6/1859: TOL
21/3/1862: CP

1874: Married Margaret McGuire at Albany, WA.
1874: Sarah, b Etticup
1876: Mary Elizabeth, b Albany
1878: Clara Ann, b Eugenup
1880: Margaret Catherine, b Eugenup
1882: William John, b Eujunup
????: Thomas Henry,
1886: Arthur George, b Albany
1889: Robert Reardon, b Youngannup

22/11/1891: William John Whitehead died in Albany, WA.

Convict Changes History

Robynne on 8th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1833 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 8th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 22nd November, 1891 (prev. 1891)

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