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Noah, William, 1754-1827
William Noah - 'A Voyage to Sydney in New South Wales in 1798 & 1799' and 'A Few Remarks of the County of Cumberland in New South Wales, 1798-1799
Level of Description
Date of Work
1798 - 1799
Type of Material
SAFE / DLMS 32
1 volume - 0.02 Meters
Textual Records - (manuscript)
Administrative / Biographical Note
William Noah was sentenced to death for burglary in 1797 at the age of 43. The sentence was commuted to transportation for life. From Newgate Prison he was taken to the transport ship Hillsborough. During the voyage to Sydney one third of the convicts on board died. Noah arrived in Sydney on 26 July 1799. He received a conditional pardon in 1815 and an absolute pardon in 1818. He became a clerk in the Government lumber yard and died in 1827.
'A List of the Ship's Company of the Hillsborough that saild from Portsmouth on Thursday the 20th of December 1798 for Sydney in New South Wales', pp.1-2. 'A Narrative of the proceding and Voyage in the Hilborough Capt William Hingston to Sidney in New South Wales of 300 Convicts 1798 & 1799', pp.3-63. 'A List of the Convicts sent from Newgate Octr 18 1798', p.64. 'A list of the Convicts sent from the Stanishlaws Hulk (Woolwich) October the 20th 1798 that went for Sydney in New South Wales', pp.65-66. 'A List of the Convicts sent from the Prudentia Hulk Woolwich Octr 20 1798 that went for Sydney in New South Wales', pp.67-69 'A List of the Convicts sent from the Lyon Hulk Portsmouth 22 of November 1798 that went for Sydney in New South WAles', pp.69-72. 'A List of the Convicts sent from the Lafortuna & Ceres Hulks Portsmouth the 24 of November 1798 that went for Sydney New South Wales', pp.72-74. 'A few Remarks of the County of Cumberland in New South Wales', 12pp. Includes a brief description of Sydney and mentions the settlements at Rose Hill, Parramatta and on the Hawkesbury; the social and commercial conditions of the colony; and Norfolk Island. Also gives descriptions of the Aboriginal people, and flora and fauna.
Bequest of Sir William Dixson in 1952
The 'Narrative...' is addressed 'Dear Sister' and the 'Remarks...' which are in the same hand, are signed 'Your Ever Effectionate Bror Wm. Noah'. Judging from the evenness and neatness of the handwriting, the 'Narrative...' may have been written up from a diary that Noah kept on the voyage. A typed transcript (39pp.) is located at DLMSQ 44 and an index to it compiled by Walter Jeffery is at DLMSQ 45 and DLMSQ 70. Another typescript is located at DLMSQ 49 (88pp.). Notes on William Noah and his manuscript compiled in the Library are filed at DLMS 32n. Microfilm copy available at MAV/FM3/494, frames 1 - 75 Transferred from DLSPENCER 380
Convicts -- New South Wales -- Personal narratives.
Convicts -- New South Wales -- Social conditions.
Sir William Dixson Library.
Transportation of convicts -- New South Wales.
Voyages and travels -- 18th century.
National treasures from Australia's great libraries
Digital order no.
Album ID : 823459
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