William Tedman

William TEDMAN was born in Kensington, London about 1813. By the age of 20, he was 5’6″, had a fresh complexion, round head, brown hair and eyebrows but deep grey eyes. He had an oval visage, medium high forehead, sharp nose, medium wide mouth and round chin. He was a Protestant, could read and write and was a brickmaker by trade.

But in 1833, he was convicted and then transported for 7 years for breaking a box and stealing a coat. He was tried in Middlesex on 14 February 1833. Whilst on the hulk, he was orderly and the surgeon’s report was good. He departed England on 1 December 1833 on the ship John 2.

His conduct record in Van Diemens Land says the following:

7 February 1835 whilst in the employ of Mr COTTON – Disorderly conduct, reprimanded yet very soon after he is to be appointed to the Police as a reward for good conduct in having defended his Master’s house and family from Bushrangers during his absence from home. (See memo of Chief Police Magistrate {C.P.M.} 14 January 1836)

16 January 1837 he was caught allowing women under his charge to get drunk and denying that he was a constable and giving a false name Tread Mill 14 days and pay stopped during that time Assistant Police Magistrate (A.P.M.)

31 January 1837 apprehending John Lawler and putting him in handcuffs and afterwards discharging him without bringing him before a magistrate, also allowing counterfeit coin to be passed in his presence without taking any notice of it, dismissed from the police but acquitted of charge. (A.P.M.) Green Ponds (See memo Lieut Governor 25 February 1837)

16 June 1837 whilst in employ of Mr Mark – drunk only admonished

At some stage he worked in the Engineering Department at ‘Brickfields’ in North Hobart. Whilst working for George Espie he had his Ticket of Leave.

He was given his free certificate No 156 in 1840.

He married Mary Anne Swaine on 26 August 1845.

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