William Glister (1771–1792)

WILLIAM GLISTER was a convict who was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey, London on 13 April 1791 for stealing clothing and money in a “common lodging house” owned by PETER CAVANEAU and sentenced to seven years transportation for the offence. He arrived on board the Pitt (1792) on 14 February 1792 but did not survive long in the colony. He was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 31 July 1792.

Note: In her book Founders of Australia, Mollie Gillen stated on two separate occasions that the man buried on 31 July 1792 at Parramatta “seems to have been” the First Fleet convict WILLIAM GLOSTER (c.f. Gillen, pp. 143 and 341), but records indicate GLOSTER was still on Norfolk Island with his family until around November 1793, which was well after that burial date. The person buried at St. John’s was definitely WILLIAM GLISTER per Pitt, which had arrived only a few months earlier. GLISTER’S death so soon after arrival in the colony was all too common for convicts transported in the early 1790s, as the statistics from St. John’s burials alone attest.


Timeline

  • Born: 1771
  • Tried and convicted for theft of clothing and money in the dwelling house of PETER CAVANEAU: 13 April 1791, Old Bailey, London, England
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation: 13 April 1791, Old Bailey, London, England
  • Delivered on Board the Ship Pitt India Man lying at Gravesend: 28 May 1791, Gravesend
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Pitt: 17 July 1791, Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • Arrived per Pitt14 February 1792, Port Jackson, Colony of New South Wales
  • Died: c. 31 July 1792, Parramatta
  • Buried: 31 July 1792, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Trial Records


Sources

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

  • “GLOSTER, William (c1749–1792?)” in Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p. 143.
  • “SPRINGMORE, Charlotte (c1756–1822)” in Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989), p. 341.
  • The Digital Panopticon (https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/, version 1.1), William Glister Life Archive (ID: obpt17910413-41-defend494) https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/life?id=obpt17910413-41-defend494, accessed 8 April 2019.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p. 440.

Lists

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Ship: Pitt (1792)

# Burial year: 1792

# Grave: unmarked