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William Swindell (1816–1896)

William Swindell, a brass filer, was sentenced to seven years transportation for receiving stolen goods. He arrived in Sydney in April 1835 aboard the Lady Nugent. His cousin Davis Swindell was also on the ship. William was described as being 5 feet 6¾ inches (168.5 cms) tall, with a ruddy complexion, brown hair and dark chestnut eyes. He could read and write. He was sent to the Hyde Park Barracks. He was granted a ticket of leave on 11 July 1839. He gained his certificate of freedom on 19 April 1842.

His death certificate gave his occupation as bushman.

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Alternative Names
  • Swindles, William
  • Swindells, William

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England


16 November, 1896 (aged ~ 80)
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

prostate disease

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Convict Record

Crime: receiving stolen goods
Sentence: 7 years