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Item: 174095
Surname: Smith (boat builder)
First Name: William
Ship: -
Date: 13 March 1897
Place: Newcastle
Source: NMH
Details: A resident of Newcastle unearthed a valuable book relating to early convict days in Newcastle containing original depositions of the cases heard at the Newcastle Police Office in the year 1829.... .James Longbottom for obtaining money under false pretences, was sentenced to receive 50 lashes. It was shown that the man called upon one William Smith a boat builder and said that he had been sent by the master of the cutter Eura Kemp to get 1 dollar from Smith. Henry Lawler the master of the cutter denied that the prisoner had any authority to go to Smith on his account


 
Item: 181169
Surname: Smith (boat builder)
First Name: William
Ship: -
Date: 16 April 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: 77. James Goff, overseer of the government carpenters. Charged with bringing a cedar board out of the lumber yard without the permission of the principal superintendent and for impeding a constable in the execution of his duty. James Bailey, a constable states - I saw Goff bring a cedar board out of the lumber yard. I asked him by whose permission he did so. He refused to give any account of it and called upon a man who accompanied him to give him a saw for the purpose as I supposed of defending himself if I attempted to take the board from him. The prisoner in his defence states - The board is my own property - I got it in exchange from William Smith for a piece of timber I had lent him from my own house. I kept it in the lumber yard till yesterday when I wanted it I brought it out without supposing there was any harm in so doing. William Smith, boat builder, states, I knew the piece of board before the court - I gave it to Goff in exchange for a piece of Cedar he let me have from his own house. James Goff admonished and directed not to take anything from the lumber yard without the permission of the Principal Superintendent, also to beware of impeding the constable in the execution of their duty.


 
Item: 167784
Surname: Smith (boat builder)
First Name: William
Ship: Larkins 1817
Date: November 1821
Place: Newcastle
Source: Colonial Secretarys Correspondence
Details: Petition of William Smith, boatbuilder for a Conditional Pardon. On arrival put into service in Sydney where having incurred the displeasure of public authority was sent to Newcastle for three years. Had been overseer of boatbuilders at Newcastle and had built the schooners Newcastle and Black Swan as well as three large working and two pilot boats and others of smaller descriptions; the necessary repairs of such boats and other useful works keeping him in constant employment


 
Item: 170306
Surname: Smith (boat builder)
First Name: William
Ship: Larkins 1817
Date: 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: Ancestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters. Class: HO 10; Piece: 20
Details: Boat builder at Newcastle



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