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Panton, Alexander (c. 1825–1885)

Alexander Panton (c.1825-1885), a labourer, was found guilty on 14 June 1841 at Edinburgh, Scotland, of stealing eight silver spoons. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Elphinstone in July 1842. He was described as being 16 years old, 4 feet 10¾ inches (149.2 cms) tall, with a sallow complexion, dark brown hair, and grey eyes.

Panton was granted a ticket of leave on 17 March 1846. He was sentenced to 14 days solitary confinement in June 1847 for being drunk. Giving his occupation as tailor he married Margaret Nolan on 14 June 1852 at St George's Church, Hobart; Nolan signed the register with an 'X'. The couple had one child.

Panton was sentenced to two years hard labour in 1863 for stealing carpenters' tools from his workplace. He died at Geelong Hospital, Victoria, of morbis cordis on 12 August 1885.

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c. 1825
Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian, Scotland


12 August 1885
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Edinburgh (Scotland)
Trial Date: 14 June 1841


Occupation: labourer


Children: Yes (1)