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Fremantle/Tester

Postby D.Willmore » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:50 pm

Happy New Year to you all, great to join this site. My query is: One of my ancestors WILLIAM GEORGE TESTER was convicted of larceny at the Old Bailey on the 5th January 1857, he was involved in the Great Train Robbery 1885, and was sentenced to 14 years, and was transported to Australia on the EDWIN FOX, the ship arrived at Fremantle 21st Nov 1858, on 14th July 1859 he was given “Ticket to leave” (I don’t know what that means) on 17th October 1861 he had “Conditional Pardon” and on the Welcome to Fremantle Prison website it say in comments Left per ‘York’ 1863. I know that the York arrived in Fremantle on 31st December 1862.
Where do I start looking for where the York sailed to when it left Fremantle?
Thank you for any help.
David
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby Templ4r » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:13 pm

Can you check your dates?
You have him arriving 28 years before he's been sentenced.

EDIT Got it, Old Bailey 1857 200 lbs of Gold, that's £millions now...
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby D.Willmore » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:23 pm

Thanks typo edited now. David.
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby Templ4r » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:32 pm

A Ticket of leave allows him certain freedoms, like working for someone. Pretty much says he's not a danger and as he's a Clerk can be useful in the Community.
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby avaline » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:55 pm

There is a letter in the PerthGazette 9 Oct 1863 from a Thomas Sleddon who says he left Fremantle aboard the York on 7 Feb 1863, for Madras, India, arriving 10th March by the looks of it.

There is also an article in the Inquirer and Commercial News 25 Feb 1863 about Colonel Henderson, Comptroller General of Convicts, leaving Fremantle on the York the same day, for Madras.

Also Perth Gazette 13 Feb 1863:
"Sailed on the 7th instant, the ship York, 940 tonnes, CJ Breary, Commander, for Madras. Passengers Lieut Col Henderson, Mrs Henderson and family, Messrs SP Phillips, T Sleddon, Dr Babbington, and Rev. Moore in cabin. Mr Tester, M Carter, and five grooms in steerage. Cargo - 100 horses, 16 dogs, and fodder".

From the letter in October, the horses were being sold in Madras by Thomas Sleddon.
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby D.Willmore » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:15 pm

Many thanks for all the information, Off to India now to trace him, I know before he was arrested in the UK he was a Railway superintendent on the Swedish Railways, where he lived with his wife and children.
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby MaureenE » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:08 pm

If he remained in India, the FIBIS Fibiwiki has much information including

Beginners' Guide https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Beginners%27_Guide
Railways https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Railways

Cheers
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Re: Fremantle/Tester

Postby D.Willmore » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:22 pm

Thanks Maureen, very helpful.
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