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Richard Wallis (c. 1783–1822)

Richard Wallis/Willis was found guilty on 13 March 1792 at Cambridge, England, of felony and arson. Sentenced to life transportation he arrived in Sydney in June 1797 aboard the Ganges. By 1806 he had been granted a ticket of leave and was living with Elizabeth Stanley. By 1811 he had moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and was living at Hobart as a free man. He married Sarah Wilson, a widow, on 1 March 1819 at St David's Hobart. He died on 2 September 1822 at Hobart; his age was given as 42.

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Alternative Names
  • Willis, Richard
  • Wallas, Richard
  • Wallace, Richard

c. 1783


2 September, 1822 (aged ~ 39)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: arson
Sentence: life