William's life as a Night Watchman would have been frought with danger and trouble. He would have suffered derision from his fellow convicts for having "gone over to the other side", but there is ample evidence that the task of the Night Watch was vital to keep some semblance of order in a colony that was nearing starvation and anarchy. Governor Phillip issued his order on 7 August 1789 through the Judge Advocate, David Collins RN.

There is also a great deal of evidence that the military protested at being subjected to questioning, search and reporting of their nefarious activities after dark. The soldiers of the early settlement were not above theft and pilfering and their power was such that within three months the Governor was obliged to issue an amendment to his Night Watch proclamation which directed the members of the Night Watch not to stop any soldier
"unless he is found in a Hut, or committing any unlawful act.." (3).

By the time William married, he was being "paid" a very good ration known as the Free Ration which included half a pint of spirits every Saturday and
"if their diligence may deserve farther notice, the Magistrates will have an eye to them and recommend them to other indulgences." (3). William was therefore a pretty good catch as a husband and William and his wife Mary (see next chapter) proved to be a very settled and faithful pair.
In November 1789 a convict at the end of his time named James Ruse was granted farming land by the Governor at Rose Hill . Ruse's prior knowledge of farming made him a very valuable person to the colony and it is understood that Ruse trained many convicts in farming techniques and husbandry on his Experiment Farm. There is some support for the idea that two of the convicts he trained were Matthew Everingham and William Hubbard who had both known Ruse when all three were transported together on the Scarborough (5). Alternatively, they may also have been trained by Henry Edward Dodd at the same farm (6).

In July of 1791 Everingham, Hubbard and twelve other convicts, presumably all free by servitude, were given land grants at an area known as The Ponds. Today this area is in Telopea, just a couple of kilometeres from Parramatta.
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