William Eltham (1818–?)
In his early 20s William Eltham, a groom, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to ten years’ transportation, for ‘stealing a roll
of cloth from A. Ruxton of Holborn’.
William was a model convict. He committed only one breach of regulations, for which he received a warning. Good behaviour meant he was granted a conditional pardon within five years. This permitted him to earn wages, which enabled him to support a family. In 1849 he applied to marry the convict Eliza Ward. Their marriage produced six children.
Records show that William was a steward for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co., on the steamer City of Hobart. Later he is described as a baker living at Old Wharf. William disappears from the records, and there is no known death certificate. The Mercury newspaper listed departures for Eltham, bound for New Zealand.