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William Parsons (c. 1762–1826)

William Parsons was found guilty on 7 May 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing various items of clothing from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived in Sydney on the Salamander in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet. He was sent on to Norfolk Island on the Salamander, arriving in September 1791. By 1805 he was working as a constable on the island. Some time after 1798 he partnered Ann Doyle, who had had four children with Philip Devine (Thomas Tennant). Parsons, Doyle, and three of Doyle's children left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the City of Edinburgh in October 18o8.

Parsons married Ann Doyle on 3 June 1812 at Hobart. He died on 15 June 1826; his age was given as 64.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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  • death notice, Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas), 16 June 1826, p 3

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'Parsons, William (c. 1762–1826)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1762


15 June, 1826 (aged ~ 64)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years