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Frederick Williscroft

Frederick Williscroft, one of 250 convicts transported on the Ratcliffe, 25 July 1848

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Frederick Williscroft
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 5th December, 1831
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 6th January, 1899
Age: 67 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 rabbits
Convicted at: Worcester, Worcester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Ratcliffe
Departure date: 25th July, 1848
Arrival date: 12th November, 1848
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 249 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 326
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 11th December, 2013 wrote:

Frederick Williscroft was one of 3 brothers transported for stealing 2 rabbits and a pair of boots.  Joseph was 14 and a shoemaker and Henry was 13 and a nail cutter.  They were Parkhurst Boys.
Frederick, Joseph and Henry were the sons of Joseph and Mary Ann Williscroft.

They were 3 destitute brothers who had been “Living by their wits”.  When convicted the court, taking into consideration their destitute condition, sentenced then to 7 years transportation, with a view of making future provision for them.

Frederick was 12 years old when convicted and 15 years old on arrival in VDL.

Frederick was 4’9” tall could read and write a little, had been retrained at Parkhurst Prison as a tailor, fresh complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes and his native place was Birmingham.

Received a TOL almost immediately.
November 1851: Was again transported (but stayed in VDL) for pocket picking.

15/9/1859: Free Certificate.

1861: LStlill living in Hobart and employed as a tailor and lived at 5 Watchorn Street.

1862: Married Mary Ann O’Keeffe in Braidwood NSW.  They had 6 or 7 children, I found 6.

1865: Was a Sawyer at Langley’s lane, Sydney.
1878: Living in Rushcutter’s Bay
1879: had moved to Paddington and was running the Waratah Hotel in William Street.

6/1/1899: Frederick died at Parramatta and is buried at the Rookwood Cemetery, NSW.

Ken Jurotte on 21st July, 2015 wrote:

Frederick’s daughter Helen Eliza Williscroft married Joseph Simpson.  Their daughter Ellen Ann Simpson married Bernard Issac Jurotte at St Marys Cathedral in Sydney on 1 March, 1924.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th December, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 5th December, 1831, date of death 6th January, 1899, gender, occupation, crime

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