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William Henry Guest (1816–1867)

In 1842 William Henry Guest was sentenced to fifteen years' transportation for housebreaking.  He had been married to Harriet Cook in 1837 (she remained in England and died in 1851). William arrived in Van Diemen's Land aboard the Emily later that year. He married Martha Ford McNamara in 1850 and moved to New South Wales following his pardon.

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Life Summary [details]


17 August, 1816
London, Middlesex, England


28 February, 1867 (aged 50)
Nerrigundah, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

alcoholism (chronic)

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 15 years