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William Cobb (1774–1820)

William Cobb was sentenced to life imprisonment for horse theft. He arrived in Hobart in 1812 aboard the Indefatigable. His occupation was given as labourer. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall, had grey hair, grey eyes, and two fingers on his right hand were crippled. By 1816 he was living with Judith Conway.

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Dorset, England


8 December, 1820 (aged ~ 46)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: life