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Peter Vaughan (c. 1802–1863)

Peter Vaughan, a shoemaker and stable boy, was sentenced to 14 years transportation on 28 April 1819, at Glasgow, Scotland. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Eliza in January 1820. He was described as being 5 feet 3¼ inches tall, with a fair ruddy complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was forwarded to Emu Plains 'for distribution'. In 1822 he was working as a government servant for M. Rafter and in 1825 and 1828 was working for William Cox. He married Elizabeth Nowland, who was many years older than him, on 25 August 1829 at Windsor and was granted a conditional pardon in 1832.

Peter Vaughan died at Carcoar, New South Wales, on 16 May 1863; his age was recorded as 77.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia — — accessed 14 August 2020

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'Vaughan, Peter (c. 1802–1863)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1802


16 May, 1863 (aged ~ 61)
Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 14 years