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William Pantoney (c. 1752–1819)

William Pantoney (c.1752-1819) was sentenced to 7 years transportation on 11 March 1878 at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, for an untraced felony. He arrived at Sydney in August 1791 aboard the Matilda as part of the Third Fleet.

Pantoney was sent to Norfolk Island on the Salamander, arriving on 16 September 1791. Some time after 1796 he began a relationship with Sarah Smith and continued to look after her two children following her death in 1804. Sarah's son William accompanied Pantoney to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Buffalo in 1805. They moved to New South Wales in 1811. Pantoney married Fanny Dyer on 11 October 1813 at St Matthew's Church, Windsor; they were listed as having two children in 1814. He was a farmer in the Richmond area.

Pantoney (as William Pantony) was killed by Matthew Finnighan on 7 May 1819 at Richmond. Finnighan was sentenced to two years gaol for manslaughter.

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Alternative Names
  • Pentney, William
  • Panton, William
  • Pantony, William
  • Penton, William
  • Pentony, William

c. 1752


7 May, 1819 (aged ~ 67)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years