William Phelps Pickering

Male Abt 1815 - 1877  (~ 62 years)

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  • Name William Phelps Pickering 
    • Friday, 15 March 1839
      In the matter of the Insolvency of William Phelps Pickering, late of Melbourne, in New South Wales, Commission Merchant, but now confined for debt in Her Majesty's Gaol at Launceston, in the Island of Van Diemen's Land.
      WHEREAS the above-named William Phelps Pickering did present his petition to Peter Archer Mulgrave, Esquire, a Commissioner under the act intituled, " An act for the further amendment of the law of debtor and creditor," alleging his insolvency, and praying for relief, pursuant to the acts of council in such case made and provided ; and such petition having come on to be heard before the said Peter Archer Mulgrave, the said William Phelps Pickering was declared insolvent, and William Gardner Sams, Esquire, was thereupon ap- pointed provisional assignee of the estate and effects of the said insolvent.
      Notice is hereby given, that Wednesday the 3rd day of April next, at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon, at the Court house, in Launceston aforesaid, is appointed to be the day and place for the meeting of the creditors of the said, insolvent, and for otherwise proceeding in the matter of such insolvency .- Dated the 11th day of March,
      Solicitor to the Said Insolvency
      (Transcribed from The Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827-1839), Friday 15 March 1839)

      6 Oct 1841
      Tried in New Zealand and sentenced to 7 years

      History of Early Gaols
      From Best 1992 The first statistical returns for New Zealand, the Blue Book of 1841, describes the gaol in Official Bay.
      "The temporary building used as a Gaol at Auckland was built of Raupo the size being 20 feet by 12 feet divided into 2 apartments the one of the Gaoler and the other a Cell capable of containing 8 prisoners. " (Blue Book 1841)
      By halfway through that year the new gaol in Queen Street had opened, and for the next 15 years served as the only prison in Auckland. This was gradually replaced from 1856 by the new goal at Mt Eden, and by 1865 had closed its doors for the last time.
      The fourth prisoner may well have been one William Phelps Pickering, who had been in custody since July 4 for misrepresentation and fraud, and who was eventually sentenced to 7 years transportation to Van Diemens Land (N.2.H.A.G 1841a). He also was lucky, his education finally made him too valuable to export to Australia; despite escaping from the schooner Hawk which was to take him there he eventually had his sentence commuted to hard labour in the Auckland gaol, on the condition that he become the gaol's schoolteacher (I. C. C. S . 1842t).

      8 Feb 1845
      Comptroller-General'a Office, 8th Feb. 1845.
      It is hereby notified to the under-mentioned individual, that it is the Lieutenant-Governor's intention to recommend him to the gracious consideration of Her Majesty the Queen for a conditional pardon, available in the Australian Colonies.
      William Phelps Pickering, Portenia
      M. FORSTER, Comptroller-General.
      (Transcribed from Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828-1857) Tuesday 11 February 1845)

      Pardon 1845
      Name: Phelps, Wm Pickering:
      Ship: Portenias
      Where and when tried: New Zealand, 6 Oct 1841
      Sentence: 7 years
      Number of years holding Ticket of Leave: None

      Cause of Indulgence: Having after receiving sentence in New Zealand officiated as clerk at the gaol under a permit from Capt. Holm, since deceased, that his sentence should be committed and his conduct in this colony having been correct.

      Friday 10 November 1848
      WHEREAS an action has been commenced in this Court at the suit of the above named Francis Shea against the above named William Phelps Pickering, to recover the sum of twenty-four pounds seven shillings, being the amount of a promissory note dated the nineteenth day of April last, made by the said William Phelps Pickering in favour of Patrick Hickey, and payable four months after the date thereof. And it being alleged that the said William Phelps Pickering does not reside within the colony or its dependencies, a writ of foreign attachment has been issued, returnable on the twenty-second day of November, instant, wherein George Kenyon Holden, of Sydney, in the colony aforesaid, Esq , and Jane Pickering, of Sydney, aforesaid, wife of the said William Phelps Pickering, are garnishers. Notice is hereby given thereof, and that if at any time before final judgment in this action, the said William Phelps Pickering (or any person on his behalf), will give the security and notice, and file the appearance or plea required by the Act, intituled "An Act to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to Actions against persons absent from the Colony, and against persons sued as Joint Contractors,' the said attachment may be dissolved
      Dated this tenth day of November, A.D , 1948
      (Transcribed from The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 10 November 1848)

    Electoral Roll 1865 - 66  Porirua Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Electoral Roll for the year 1865 - 66
    Pickering, William Phelps
    Born Abt 1815  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aug 1877  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Aug 1877  Bolton St. Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Bolton St cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
      Last Name: PICKERING First Name: William Phelps Deceased Date: 00-00-0000 Occupation: Service Date: 29-08-1877 Service Provided: Burial Cemetery: Bolton St Section: C of E Plot Number: Unknown Record Number: 99646
      (Wellington Cemetries Database)
    Electoral Roll 31 Mar 1964  Kai-wara-wara - Whareama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1st JANUARY - 31 MARCH 1864
    From New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian - 30 April 1864.
    PICKERING William Phelps, Kai-wara-wara - Whareama, lately part of Luxford's run, Attested by George Edwards

    Electoral Roll for the year 1865 - 66
    Pickering, William Phelps
    Person ID I7092  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2010 

    Family Grace Martha Palmer 
    Married 1873  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Registration Number: 3595
     1. Loxsley Pickering
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F2361  Group Sheet

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