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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.

William Eltham Snr worked for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company when he moved to Hobart from Launceston, working as a 
									steward on the <em>City of Hobart</em>.   The company, established in 1853 to operate steamers between Tasmania and mainland Australia, 
									later expanded to run a New Zealand service.
William Eltham Snr worked for the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company when he moved to Hobart from Launceston, working as a steward on the City of Hobart. The company, established in 1853 to operate steamers between Tasmania and mainland Australia, later expanded to run a New Zealand service.

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