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William Myers (c. 1799–1874)

William Myers (c.1799-1874), a soldier and tailor, was found guilty on 4 July 1836 at Arcot, India, of desertion. Sentenced to life transportation he arrived at Sydney aboard the Swallow in October 1836. He was described as being 37 years old, was 5 feet 7½ inches (171.4 cms) tall, and had a ruddy and freckled complexion, brown hair, and hazel eyes. He also had frequent previous convictions, could read and write, and was Roman Catholic.

Myers married Bridget Clifford on 29 January 1845 at Berrima. He was granted a conditional pardon in 1847 and a year later was living at Camden.

William Myers died at the Benevolent Asylum Windsor, New South Wales, on 26 November 1874; his age was given as 74 and his cause of death as 'old age and intemperance'.

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c. 1799
Tipperary, Ireland


26 November, 1874 (aged ~ 75)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

intemperate habits

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Crime: court martial
Sentence: life
Court: Arcot (India)
Trial Date: 4 July 1836


Occupation: defence forces personnel (British)