THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

William Cooke

Born: c.1805 in Birmingham, England.
Arrived Sydney: 8 September 1821.
Vessel: Adamant.
Status: Convict – 7 years.
Occupation: Errand boy.
Died:
Buried:

Profile:
During the Macquarie era, William was tried at Worcester Quarter Sessions in January 1821& after he arrived in the Colony his assignment is not known.

After the Macquarie era, in the 1822 General Muster, he is listed in Government employ in Carters Barracks. In January 1824 he was sent from there to Rooty
Hill and in November he went to Campbelltown. In the 1823/4/5 General Muster William is listed as the Government servant of Thomas Acres at Campbelltown.

He was in Sydney gaol in December 1827 & absconded from Iron Gang 9 in January 1828.

He was granted his Certificate of Freedom on 25 January 1828 but it appears that this was withdrawn, possibly because his sentence in irons had not been completed,
as another Certificate was issued in March 1828. The 1828 Census lists him as a Brass Founder, free by servitude, with Martin Short of 83 Pitt Street, Sydney.

William was in Sydney gaol in August 1830 and in September 1830 he was sentenced to 7 Years transportation to Norfolk Island for larceny by the Supreme Court. In
October he was on board the Hulk before he boarded the Lucy Ann.

His sentence was remitted & he returned to Sydney in December 1836.

Researched and submitted by Association member, Fay O'Donnell.

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