James Coventry was born at Bridgewater, Hobart in 1815, the son of
Coventry who had arrived with other settlers from Norfolk Island in 1808.
William was only a year old when his father was committed to the Supreme Court
for stealing and transported to Macquarie Harbour for 7 years.
for the family (his mother, 2 sisters and one brother) would have been very difficult.
The farm had been put up for sale in 1819, but there is no record of it being
sold, so the family would have had to struggle. William Coventry was
as a farm labourer when charged.
James Coventry married Ann Lucas at Brighton, Tasmania, and stayed in the district
then went to Circular Heads where William had secured land at Muddy Creek, on
the North West Coast. Here they stayed until the 1850's when they returned to
Brighton. William and Ann had 13 children, 7 daughters and 6 sons.
James Coventry & Ann Lucas
1874 William and Ann moved to Waratah where they stayed for the next thirty years.
Seventeen of these William held the office under the Road Trust as a collector.
died at Waratah on the 5th January 1890 aged 74 years. In 1904 William left Waratah
to live with his daughter, Amelia, who was married to Thomas Smith. They lived
at Ridgley with their 11 children.
died on the 2nd September 1906 at his son-in-law's residence at Ridgley
the age of 92.