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William Ryan (1793–1884)

William Ryan was sentenced to fourteen years transportation for insurrection. He arrived in Sydney in 1816 aboard the Surrey. His trade was given as blacksmith, and his height as 5 ft 9¼ ins. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1824. There is no evidence that he married Mary Seymour as her husband was still alive when they began cohabiting.

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Tipperary, Ireland


24 June, 1884 (aged ~ 91)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: insurrection
Sentence: 14 years