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William Long (1797–1876)

William Long, a whitesmith, was sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived in Sydney in 1815 aboard the Baring. He was 5 feet 7½  inches (171 cms) tall and had a ruddy complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. In 1818 (listed as Lang) he was sent to Newcastle (presumably for an offence) per the Elizabeth Henrietta. In 1821 he was working as a blacksmith. He married Mary Walker, a widow, in 1827. A year later he held the license of the Saracen's Head at Millers Point and in 1831 took over the Commercial Tavern in George Street North, one of the most lucrative hostelries in Sydney. By 1835 he was a prosperous wine and spirits merchant and later bought Tusculum, a mansion at Potts Point. Following Mary Walker's death he married Isabella Walford. He also invested in city property and left an estate of over £100,000.

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Alternative Names
  • Lang, William

Middlesex, England


1 October, 1876 (aged ~ 79)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years