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William Frederick Poulston (1814–1862)

William Poulston was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a ham from a shop. He arrived in Sydney in 1832 aboard the Portland. The ship's indent gave his occupation as baker's boy, and his height as 5 feet 6½ inches (167.7 cms).

He was assigned to Uria Moses as a baker's boy. Over the next few years Poulston was in and out of gaol for drunkenness, abusive language, being absent from work and larceny. He spent some time in gaol.

In 1843 he married Kezia Gaudry. In that same year he was convicted of horse stealing and was sentenced to ten years transportation to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). In January 1845, due to his recalcitrant behaviour, he was sent to Port Arthur and then to Norfolk Island. In 1855 he was tried for robbery and assault and was sentenced to a further 15 years transportation.

He died in Hobart General Hospital on 25 July 1862.

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Life Summary [details]


Penzance, Cornwall, England


25 July, 1862 (aged ~ 48)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years