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Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams, one of 120 convicts transported on the Canada, March 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Sarah Williams
Aliases: Sarah Cureton
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1775
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1823
Age: 48 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: York (East Riding) Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: March, 1810
Arrival date: 8th September, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 121 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 11 (6)
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 1st April, 2018 wrote:

26/8/1809 Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette East Riding of Yorkshire, England:
Anthony Bell, Sarah Williams, Mary Ogle, and Jane Lord, being charged with stealing plate, and variety of other articles, from the dwelling-house of Mr. Nordblad, in Pryme Street.

No ship found for Anthony Bell or Jane Lord __ Mary Ogle alias Sarah Acton and Sarah Williams both arrived per ‘Canada’ 1810.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd October, 2021 wrote:

1810 - New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Name; Sarah ax [wife of] Thomas Williams
Trial; 3 Oct 1809.

1811 - Australia, Birth Index.
Name; Edward Cureton & Spouse: Sarah William
Child: David Cureton
Volume Number: V1811381 6

1813 -  Australia, Birth Index.
Child; Jane Cureton
Father;  Edward Cureton & Mother;  Sarah [No surname listed]
Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Volume Number: V18133141 1A

1814 - Windsor Population Muster, 1814
On Stores. 2 Children
Wife to Cureton

1815 - Australia, Marriage Index
Edward Cureton & Sarah Williams
Date: 1815 -  Sydney, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1815
Volume Number: V A

1825 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. 1825
Name; Sarah Williams
Age; No Details
Class; F. S.
Vessel; Canada - 1810 - 7 years
Employment/Remarks; DIED; 1823 or 5. Sydney

1825 Australia, Death Index,
Name: Sarah Cureton
Date: 1825 - Sydney, New South Wales
Volume Number: V18251141 8

Denis Pember on 17th October, 2021 wrote:

York Herald Sat 14 Oct 1809 p. 3
Text: At the Central Quarter Sessions for the East-Riding, held at Beverley, on Tuesday week, before E. Topham Esq., chairman…Thomas Lawson, Anthony Best, Mary Ogle, Sarah Williams and Jane Lord, were indicted for stealing various articles the property of Adolphus Norblad. Mr Norblad stated, that he left his house at S—- for the purpose of going to London, on the 12th of July last. He locked the doors and gave the key to the front door to his partner; his family had gone from home some time before; he returned from London on the 26th, found the outer door locked as le left it, but on going into the house he discovered that several closets had been broken open, and property to a great value was missing. On Thursday the 27th, the house of the prisoner Lawson was searched, and in different parts of it several of the missing articles were found. Of these Mr Norblad identified some, others were of the same sort as those he had lost. Part of the property was further identified by Mrs Norblad, and the wife of Mrs. Norblad’s brother, who particularly spoke to some darns in two pillow cases produced, which darns he swore to have been made by herself, the pillow cases having been, when stolen, in one piece and under a cradle sheet.——Darrey, a constable, produced the property found at Lawson’s; he got it there, and had kept it under lock ever since. John Dunn, a Constable, swore he had searched the house of the prisoner Best, on the 28th of Aug. where he found the two pillow cases sworn to by Mrs. P. Norblad. A month had elapsed from the time at which the property was last seen in Mr Norblad’s house, to that at which it was found.——Smith spoke to various conversations of the three female prisoners. Mary Ogle had said they were to have “a crack” in a few days - afterwards she said, “the crack was done- they had “carried a parcel of screws to the Old King” with which they had “dubbed the jigger”. The women said that some of the property was hid in a close behind the gaol. On being cross examined, he said he was in prison at the time, on his sentence for having committed a felony, it was for stealing a watch, and he was not ashamed of saying it. Duncan MacFarlane spoke to finding the property which Smith stated Mary Ogle to have said was hid in the place Smith referred to. A boy of the Marine School found some keys and other things in a handkerchief, in a place near to which Lawson had been seen; one of the keys was sworn to by Mr. Norblad as being taken from his house. The handkerchief Smith swore was the same Mary Ogle had after brought to the gaol. It was moved by the counsel for Best, that as to him there was no evidence to go to the Jury, a month had elapsed between the time of the cradle-sheet being seen in Mr Norblad’s possession, and its being found in his house, and that after such a lapse of time he was not in ,aw called on to account for the possession, unless circumstances of suspicion appeared, and here were none. On the contrary part, it was argued, that changing the appearance of the sheet by converting it into pillow cases; was highly suspicious; to this it was answered that it a concealment had been intended, the marks by which it was recognised would have been destroyed. It was also argued, that the women were only receivers, if at all guilty, and consequently the indictment was wrong; both objections were over ruled. The Jury found the whole five guilty. Lawson, Best, Mary Ogle and Sara Williams, were sentenced to transportation; Jane Lord, an elderly woman, to a year’s imprisonment.

Denis Pember on 17th October, 2021 wrote:

1825 muster
Text: Cureton, Edward, conditional pardon, Glatton, 1803, life, stone mason, Sydney Cureton, David, 14, born in the colony, son of above Williams, Sarah, free by servitude, Canada, 1810, 7 years, died 1823 Sydney

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 1st April, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: f, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 3rd October, 2021 made the following changes:

alias1: Sarah Cureton, date of death: 1825 (prev. 0000)

Denis Pember on 17th October, 2021 made the following changes:


Denis Pember on 17th October, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1823 (prev. 1825)

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