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William Turner (abt. 1816 - 1902)

William Turner
Born about in St Brides, London, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 8 Apr 1839 in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hobart, Tasmania, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Feb 2021
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William Turner was convict number 441. He was assigned to Nathaniel Olding who, after several occupations, in 1833, had a printing office to publish Stracey's paper The Trumpeter. Stracey sold out in Oct 1834, and Olding became proprietor of the Morning Star and Commercial Advertiser. William Turner was described as compositor, which trade he would probably have learned under assignment to Olding. In later years, William was a compositor for the Colonial Times. William used his position as compositor, and knowledge of the power of newspaper advertising, to protest the wrongful ejectment of his family from the corner of Murray and Bathurst streets - unfortunately to no avail.

His alias was Charles Walford - which may possibly have been his birth name, although not probable: Charles William Walford was christened on 18 May 1812 in St Andrew, Holborn, Camden, London, England. Father: Charles Walford of Shoe Lane, Mother: Elizabeth Sarah Walford.[1] Shoe Lane runs north of St Bride's on the opposite side of Fleet st.

2000. THOMAS TURNER, alias CHARLES WALFORD , was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of September , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Thomas Read Knott , from his person .

THOMAS READ KNOTT. I have been a waiter , but am out of place. On the 25th of September I lived at Richmond; I was in Fleet-street about seven o'clock in the evening, going towards Temple-bar; I felt something at my pocket, turned round, and saw the prisoner, and another behind him; I laid hold of him, and my handkerchief was gone - I found it in his right-hand trousers pocket; his companion ran away: he began crying, and hoped I would let him go - I gave him to a constable - his companion was about eighteen years old - I think I should know him again.(Property produced and sworn to.)
GEORGE SHARP . I am a constable. I was fetched to the watch-house, and met the prisoner being brought there; he cried very much, and said he was very sorry - that he had been deluded by a person named Williams, who lived at No. 6, Little Saffron-street, Saffron-hill - I have been there several times, but cannot find him - his father lives there.
GEORGE - . I am an officer. I searched the prisoner, and found three more handkerchiefs in his pocket: they have not been claimed.
Prisoner's Defence. One handkerchief he took off my neck, and gave me one instead.
GEORGE - . I lent him another.
GUILTY . Aged 16.
Transported for Life . Old Bailey Proceedings Online [2]

In the UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 Wm Turner [Chs Walford] 16 (born abt 1812) convicted on 23 Oct 1828 in Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), London, was received on 18 Nov 1828 on 'Ganymede' in Chatham. [3]

William Turner [Charles Walford] Vessel: Lady Harewood Convicted Date: 23 Oct 1828 Voyage Date: 24 Mar 1829 Colony: Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) Place of Conviction: London, England. [4]

William Turner convict 441 (NOTE: there are several convicts named William Turner. This William was number 441, his alias Charles Walford, and he was also recorded at least once as Thomas Turner. Another William Turner #444 was on 'Lady Harewood'; beware that even the clerks of the day at times entered the two incorrectly!) departed 26 Mar 1829 from London on 'Lady Harewood'. Errand boy aged 15, assigned to Mr N[athaniel] Olding, TL #937 n.d. CP #134 14 Jan 1842. Occupation Boot closer native of St Bride's, London. [5]

441 William Turner, 'Lady Harewood', and Mary Hughes, free, received permission to marry on 2 Mar 1839. [6]

William Turner 23, compositor, married Mary Hughes 19 on 08 Apr 1839 in Hobart. [7]

Some of his children were born in his residence on Murray and Bathurst sts. William was a compositor for the Colonial Times:

THUNDER STORM.-Early on Wednesday morning last, Hobart Town was visited by a severe thunder storm; the lightning was nearer than any wo ever before witnessed, in two instances the report instantaneously following the flash. The house of Mr. Turner, one of our compositors, at the corner of Murray and Bathurst Streets, was struck by the electric fluid and severely shattered, but none of the inmates, who were awoke by the shock, were at all injured ; the smell left, was as if some one had thrown burning sulphur into the house ... Bomestic Entelligence. (1843, January 31). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 3.

Regina v. Turner. This was an action brought by the Crown to recover possession of an allotment of land at the corner of Murray and Bathurst streets. Mr. Macdowell had the brief put in his hands after the commencement of the case, and was therefore unable to offer any defence, but contented himself with merely watching the proceedings. Verdict for plaintiff. HOBART TOWN SUPREME COURT. (1845, March 15). The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859), p. 3.

Writ of Intrusion. QUEEN versus TURNER. I HEREBY Caution the Public not to Rent or Purchase my House and Premises, situate at the corner of Murray and Bathurst Streets, the same having been wrongfully taken from me by the Government by a semi-barbarous process, called a " Writ of Intrusion." WILLIAM Turner. February 3,1846. Advertising (1846, February 3). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 2.

HOBART TOWN POLICE REPORT. We have to caution the public against resisting the constables in the execution of their duty. There is in this town a strong feeling in the breasts of many against the constabulary, who are in consequence subjected to considerable annoyance, and even to outrage. Women too, or persons calling themselves women, take part in these unseemly riots, using that "mischievous member," the tongue, to encourage the mob. Every man who is called upon in the Queen's name to assist a peace officer, and who refuses, is liable to a fine ; and it would be well if an example were made of some of these rancorous trap-haters. Mr. Thomas Walton, the well-known Sheriff's officer, complained on Friday of an assault and battery committed that morning upon his (Tom Walton's) own proper person, by Mrs. Turner of Bathurst-street. The complainant, it appeared, went to the fair defendant's house on a little professional business, when Mrs. Turner, and in our opinion, most courageously opposed his proceedings, and struck him. She was held to bail to appear at the Sessions to answer the charge, as Mr. Walton, holding the high appointment of a Sheriff's officer, is not a subject for a " common" assault. [We have a word or two to say on this case, which exemplifies what law is enabled to effect when its wheels are well oiled with golden unction. On the 31st January, 1824, one Sarah Manning obtained from Lieutenant Sorell a location order for the allotment at the angle of Bathurst and Murray-streets, on which she erected a building in accordance with the Government regulations. From this Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Turner purchased the property, and subsequently her husband added to and improved the building. The possession thus passed from Sarah Manning to Mrs. Turner's father, and from him to her, and of course her husband. But lo ! a rich man lays claim to the poor man's land, and sets the lawyers at work, and short work they have made of it ; for they have at last turned out the parents and their four children from what they justly believed to have been their own inheritance. This is the case of Solomon v. Turner. Hobart Town Police Report. (1846, February 3). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 3.

A LOCAL TRANSFER.-Under the authority of the Court, which gave judgment last term in the cause " The Queen v. Turner," Mr. Solomon last week removed Turner's house piecemeal from its place at the corner of Murray and Bathurst-streets. Mrs. Turner stood quietly but despondingly to witness the demolition of her dwelling, until the last portion of it was placed on the drays, when nature burst forth in lamentations. LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. (1846, February 13). The Observer (Hobart, Tas. : 1845 - 1846), p. 3.

To Builders. TENDERS will be received at the Caledonian Hotel, Elizabeth-street, at 6 o'clock p. m., on Monday the 27th instant, for the erection of a Stone Building and Out Buildings at the corner of Murray and Bathurst-streets, for Judah Solomon, Esq. The plans and specification will be supplied at the office of Mr. Albert Carpenter, Surveyor, 34, Patrick-street. By the different Trades, as under :- Masons | Bricklayers | Carpenters | Plasterers. Plumbers, Painters, and Glaziers (in one). Security required for the due performance of the work ; and money to be advanced every month, in proportion as the work is performed, according to the specification. N.B_The whole of the Building to be completed within three months. JUDAH SOLOMON. Temple House, April 16, 1846. Advertising (1846, April 17). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 1.

Worth reading: Turner v Burnett SUPREME COURT.—CIVIL SITTINGS. (1846, September 18). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 4.

CAUTION TO THE PUBLIC. THE LATE WRIT OF INTRUSION, The Queen v. Turner. I HEREBY CAUTION the public against renting or purchasing from Judah Solomon the Land and Premises at the corner of Murray and Bathurst streets, Solomon having no title to the said Land, the same having been illegally seized from me in the name of the Queen, under a Criminal Information, upon which I was imprisoned as an intruder upon Crown land, although a regular Location Order under the hand of Colonel Sorell, dated 31st January, 1824, is still in existence. I shall, therefore, not allow Solomon, nor any purchaser from or tenant under him, to have quiet possession. Wm. TURNER. December 17, 1846. Advertising (1846, December 22). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 1.

Also worth reading: Solomon v Turner SUPREME COURT.—CIVIL SITTINGS. (1847, March 23). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 3.

The family moved to Elizabeth street.

IN RE DAVID EVANS. Adjourned first general meeting, and on application for discharge. Insolvent was brought over in custody. Mr. Counsel, Mr. Duherly, solicitor Knight. Mr William Turner, corn dealer, proved for £76 6s. 6d. on a bill of exchange at a month. Insolvent, examined by Mr. Harris, at the instance of Mr. Turner _ said, shortly before my insolvency, I had no interest in any land at O'Brien's Bridge. I know a person named Abel, In October, I disposed of a cab horse, and two ponies, to him for £100, Mr. Crisp has received payment for Mr. Green, the miller, who put in an execution, against me, for that amount. On the motion of Mr. Knight the insolvent was discharged. INSOLVENT COURT. (1855, January 5). Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), p. 2.

UTTERING A FORGED CHEQUE. John Burdett, James Netherstreet, and William Robinson, able bodied men, were placed in the box, on remand, upon the charge of having at Hobart Town on the 9th inst, feloniously uttered a forged cheque for £5 10s, purporting to be drawn by William Turner, coal merchant. HOBART TOWN POLICE. (1865, November 29). Tasmanian Morning Herald (Hobart, Tas. : 1865 - 1866), p. 3.

William Turner, retired wood merchant, died aged 90 years in Campbell Street, Hobart and was buried on 17 Apr 1902 in Cornelian Bay Cemetery. [8]

DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.-On Tuesday morning Mr. Wm. Turner, one of Hobart's oldest residents, passed peacefully away at the ripe age of 91 years. The announcement called forth many expressions of regret, and flags on shipping and commercial houses were half-masted in token of respect to the memory of one whose honourable associations with the port extended over so very many years. Deceased had been a resident of Tasmania for more than seven decades, having come here in 1826. He had seen the colony pass through many vicissitudes, and having a very retentive memory, was able to impart much interesting and useful information. Some years ago he retired from the business, which he had successfully conducted at the Old Market, which, until recently, fronted Parliament House, but he was, almost to the day of his death, a regular habitue of the wharves, and his familiar figure will be much missed. THE MERCURY (1902, April 16). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 2.


  1. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P82/AND/A/001/MS06667/015 London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. (, version 8.0, 12 February 2021), October 1828, trial of THOMAS TURNER, alias CHARLES WALFORD (t18281023-53).
  3. Home Office: Convict Prison Hulks: Registers and Letter Books; Class: HO9; Piece: 1 UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
  4. Class: HO 11; Piece: 7 Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
  5. TAHO convicts Appropriation List: CON27/1/4 p 22$init=CON27-1-4P22
    Conduct Record: CON31/1/42 Page 148 Image 150$init=CON31-1-42P150
    Description List: CON18/1/12 Page 89$init=CON18-1-12P46
    and CON23/1/3 no T 441$init=CON18-1-12P46
    Muster Roll: CSO1/1/408 Page 9215 (No image - go to Hobart Library)
  6. TAHO convicts CON52/1/1 Page 197 RGD37/1 : 1839/33$init=CON52-1-1P085
  7. TAHO marriage RGD37/1/1 no 33$init=RGD37-1-1P12
  8. TAHO death AF35-1-2 (BU 13094)$init=AF35-1-2P105 and AF70-1-26 (BU 13094) Cornelian Bay, Church of England, Section C, Number 0$init=AF70-1-26P510JPG

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