WETHERILL William Brooks

Name William Brooks WETHERILL
Country Of Origin England
Born 1820
Died 1903
Birth/Baptism Born 7 March 1820, Norwich, England
Bapt. 12 March 1820, St John’s, Timberhill, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Parents Thomas (watchmaker) and Rebecca Wetherill d. 1825 (formerly Brooks)
Apprenticeship Most likely with his father
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart, Launceston
Street Address
Liverpool Street, Hobart
Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Trial 16 March 1841, Yarmouth Quarter Sessions, Norfolk
Sentence Ten years transportation for breaking into Mr Robert Foreman’s warehouse and stealing silver and copper money
Arrival 19 February 1842 on the convict ship, Tortoise
Police Number 4261
Convict Assignment Hobart watchmakers, William Cole and James Robe, and Ferdinand Riva, watchmaker, Launceston.
Ticket of Leave 2 November 1847, revoked April 1850
Conditional Pardon
Other March 1841: Relocated from the Yarmouth Gaol at Great Yarmouth to the hulk, Warrior before transportation to Van Diemen’s Land in late 1841.

Probation period: 18 months, Salt Water Creek (Tasman Peninsula).
February 1844: Third-class probation pass holder.
Approx. 1844-1845: Assigned to watchmaker William Cole, Liverpool Street, Hobart. Following a charge of three months imprisonment with hard labour for being out after hours, William was assigned to another Hobart watchmaker James Robe.
1847: Assigned to Launceston watchmaker, Ferdinand Riva.

The Argus (Melbourne) 3 May 1856:
‘Illegally At Large. – William Weatherall, apprehended by Detective Grant, on the charge of being a prisoner of the Crown illegally at large from Hobart Town, was brought up at the City Court yesterday. The prisoner said that his sentence expired in 1851, but as his discharge had not been gazetted the officer took him into custody. A remand for seven days was asked for to give the opportunity for communication with Hobart Town, which was granted.’
The charge was dismissed after it was confirmed William’s sentence had expired.

Death 18 March 1903, Elmhurst, Victoria
Tasmania Post Office Directory 1899, 1901.
TAHO: CON33/1/17, CON27/1/9, CON18/1/30, CON14/1/13.
Web: Ancestry: England Select Births & Christenings 1820, England Select Deaths & Burials 1825 [Rebecca Wetherill], United Kingdom Prison Hulk Registers & Letter Books 1841, Australia Cemetery Index 1903.
Founders & Survivors convict database; A History of the Finch Family, http://www.finchhistory.org/.
Norwich Mercury 20 March 1841 (British Newspaper Archive); The Examiner (Launceston) 17 February 1844; The Argus 17 May 1856 [Weatherall].