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Details for the convict William Doogood (1866)

Convict Name:William Doogood
Trial Place:Worcestershire - General Quarter Sessions Worcester
Trial Date:27 June 1864
Sentence:7 years
Notes:[Sentence to commence at expiration of sentence of 1 calendar month]
Arrival Details
Arrival Year:1866
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William Doogood had an eventful career.
According to the 1851 census [Piece 2046 f 234 p 22] he was born in Worcestershire (Parish N/K) aged 6. That makes him born in 1844/45.
According to the 1861 census [Piece 2111 f 58 p 15] he was born in Cardiff, Wales aged 15. That makes him born in 1845/6.
The newspaper reports of his first offence and conviction in 1863 say he is 17 or 18. He was convicted of stealing a gelding on 7 May 1863 and got nine months with hard labour.
He was in trouble again next year (Worcester Herald, 8 July 1864), where he is said to be 18 - 1845/46 again. He was up on two counts this time; the first was for housebreaking on 4 May 1864 and got him one month with hard labour, but the second, for felonious housebreaking on 13 May 1864, got him seven years penal servitude.
The Worcester Goal Calendars confirm these convictions and ages.
He was transported on 17 April 1866 on the Belgravia to Swan River Colony (Fremantle) in Western Australia, arriving on 4 July 1866. A list of the Physical Descriptions of Convicts on the Belgravia, 1866 says he was a labourer, height 5’ 3”, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, round faced, sallow, stout and had a mole on his left cheek, had lost several teeth and had an impediment in his speech.
The Fremantle Prison Index gives his date of birth as 1844, but no place of birth. His Ticket of Leave date was 14 October 1868 and his Certificate of Freedom date was 24 January 1872 (Murray). "Known areas" are given as York and Wellington.
He has two entries in the Dictionary of Western Australia; the first says he was born in 1846 and employed a Ticket of Leave teamster in Williams, WA in 1875, and the second records his death on 29 May 1906, aged 68 and burial in Karrakatta cemetery, Perth, WA.
He arrived in Fremantle from Champion Bay or Irwin on 11 May 1877 aboard the “Annie Agnes” Champion Bay in Western Australia is only about 6 Km north of the town of Geraldton, which is north of Perth. Irwin is about 300 Km north of Perth, so is the Irwin River.
He is mentioned in The Western Australian Times on 23 July 1875, when two men were jointly accused of having at the Williams on the 25th April, stolen six bags of sugar, 1 cwt., barley and a quantity of pork and beef, the property of Mr. William Doogood, farmer, the evidence being heard, the prisoners were acquitted.
He is listed in the 1901 electoral roll as living in the Old Men’s Depot, Perth.
His Death Certificate confirms this age (making him born in 1838!) and says that his mother was Ellen Doogood, that he was born in England and that he had been in Western Australia for 43 years (which puts his arrival in 1863). He had been living in the Old Men's Home in Dalkieth, Perth, and must have transferred there from Mount Eliza because it only opened in March 1906. The certificate says he was not married and had no children.
Submitted by Researcher (John Hill) on 27 March 2021

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/19, p.157

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