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George Watts (c. 1785–1817)

George Watts (1785-1817), a labourer, was found guilty on 9 March 1803 at Gloucester, Gloucestshire, of an untraced crime. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Sydney aboard the Coromandel in May 1804. He was sent to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Lady Barlow in August 1804. He married Margaret Eddington on 9 May 1811.

Watts was sentenced to 7 years transportation in late September 1813 for stealing promissory notes from John Ingle's house in Hobart. He was sent to the Newcastle penal settlement but on 18 November was on the list of convicts who had absconded. He returned to Van Diemen's Land where in 1816 he broke out of gaol and became a bushranger. A reward of 80 guineas was offered for his apprehension in 1816. He was wounded in an exchange with fellow bushranger William Howe in October 1817. Captured and sent to Sydney to stand trial he died in late December 1817; his age was given as 32.

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c. 1785
Gloucestershire, England


December, 1817 (aged ~ 32)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years