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Details for the convict William Cooper (1830)

Convict Name:William Cooper
Trial Place:Gloucester Assizes
Trial Date:7 April 1830
Arrival Details
Ship:Persian (2)
Arrival Year:1830
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William Cooper 1812..1875 (Father of Cooper family in Australia.)
William was born in Woolwich, Kent, England, on 3/5/1812, son of Charles a blacksmith and Mary (nee Haines.)
Before reaching the age of 18, he had been arrested twice for vagrancy; receiving three months prison term at each occasion. His next police contact was when he stole a silver plate with a value of 40 pounds and was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment at Gloucester on 7/4/1830. Here he was described in his goal report as “ a character of the very worst description”, although another prison reported him as “orderly”.
At the age of 18 he was transported to Van Diemans Land on board “The Persian”, which arrived 7/11/1830, as Convict No.1135.
William was described as 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall, black hair, black eyes and a Cabinet Carver by trade.
He was never conducive to prison life and from his Tasmanian prison records it can be seen why he spent many more years in prison than he needed to.
July 8th 1842 Convict records 52/2 P26, show William Cooper applied for permission to marry Jane Law.
Sept 5th 1842 William Cooper married Jane Law at St. Lukes’ Church of England, Richmond Tasmania.(St Lukes’ is the oldest church in the colony and was built with convict assistance between 1834 and 1836 and is still noted for its fine ceiling and gallery.) He was 28 and a shipwright and she was 23 and a spinster. The marriage was conducted by J.A.Aislabie and witnessed by L.Howe and S Lawrence.
1843. Maryann Elizabeth Cooper was born.
July 20th 1844 William Cooper was recommended to the Queen for a Conditional Pardon.
July 1845 Emma Jane Cooper was born and William’s pardon was approved ending 15 years of imprisonment.
William and Jane and their two daughters, came to Victoria in 1845 and went up to the gold fields at Tarrengower (Maldon). He worked as a gardener.
In 1857, Jane and the girls developed hepatitis and died and are buried in Maldon (5/4/1857) Jane was aged 37.

Submitted by Researcher (Marcus Dunn) on 6 October 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/7, p.412

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