People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Parsons, William (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 — https://www.bda-online.org.au

Additional Resources

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

Citation details

'Parsons, William (c. 1762–1826)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/parsons-william-30500/text37815, accessed 8 May 2021.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 1762
England

Death

15 June 1826
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

unknown

Cultural Heritage
Passenger Ship
Occupation
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years