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Details for the convict William Meredith (1833)

Convict Name:William Meredith
Trial Place:Gloucester Assizes
Trial Date:28 March 1832
Sentence:Life
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Ship:Camden (2)
Arrival Year:1833
 
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William Meredith was born about 1811, in Gloucestershire, the child of James and Mary. He was convicted of Assult & Robbery in company with John Shipton around 1831 at the Gloucestershire Assizes and sentenced to Death, later commuted to transportation for life. He spent some time on the hulk "Discovery" before heading to the colony of New South Wales in 1832 on board the "Camden". He arrived in Port Jackson in March 1833 and was assigned to Captain Frances Rossi as a clothier. Rossi was a Corsican who joined the British Army in its unsuccessful defence of Corsica in 1795 he lost all his land and possesions when Corsica was surrendered to the French. Rossi was eventually sent to Sydney and commissioned as the Superindentant of Police and a magistrate. He retired in 1834 to his property "Rossiville" on the outskirts of Goulburn, William mainly worked as a shepherd on Rossi land out near Michelago.
On 20th October, 1844, William married Sarah McDermott, daughter of Sheehan McDermott and Sarah McGinty at Goulburn. Sarah was born Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland .Sarah McDermott and her two brothers, Anthony and Edward, were bounty migrants and arrived in the colony of New South Wales aboard the ship “Herald” with their mother, Sarah (Sally) on 10th January, 1844. In 1841, Susannah and John McDermott, brother and sister to Sarah, Anthony and Edward, had arrived in the colony aboard the ship “Pearl” and where employed at Rossiville, it was there that they were joined by the rest of the family in 1844.
Sarah and William Meredith had a family of eight children:Mary b 24.7.1845 Goulburn; m. Holmes and settled at Wallednbeen. John b. 1.11.1846, settled at Harden, N.S.W.. James b. 21.5.1848, settled at Morven, Queensland; William b. 3.8. 1850 d 26.7.1920 m. Jane Kelly 21.9.1874 Michelago .Susannah b. 18.7.1853 m. Collins and settled at Jindabyne, NSW; Thomas Anthony b.30.5.1854 d.11.3.1912 at Wallendbeen, NSW; Elizabeth Jane b. 1.8.1856 d. 20.3.1926 - spinster, Queanbeyan; Charles b 27.9.1882, settled at Charters Towers, Queensland
William Meredith senior died at his home at Garryowen, Queanbeyan, on 26th August, 1857 of the DT's and was buried in the Anglican portion of Riverside Cemetery. William was only 46 when he died and obviously had issues with alcohol, he left Sarah with 8 children under 13. In spite of this Sarah and family thrived, Sarah became a prominent farmer and pioneer of the Queanbeyan region in her own right. Sarah died at Garryowen some 49 years after William on 14th January, 1906, aged 79.
Submitted by Researcher (Tim Adams) on 25 June 2017

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/8, p.417

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