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William Edwards (c. 1769–?)

William Edwards was found guilty on 25 February 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a wooden till, value 4 pence, a piece of silver coin called half-a-crown, and ten shillings in silver. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Sydney in October 1791 aboard the Admiral Barrington as part of the Third Fleet.

By 1806 Edwards was renting a 40-acre farm from Bowman at Richmond Hill and was living 'off stores' with Elizabeth Prangley. In 1814 and 1822 he was listed as a labourer at Windsor and Liverpool respectively. In 1825 he was employed by William Croft at Campbelltown and in 1828 was employed as a labourer by John Warby.

It is thought that he might be the William Edwards who was living with Mary Piles from at least 1822 to 1825.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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'Edwards, William (c. 1769–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 April 2024.

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c. 1769

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years