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William Welch (c. 1775–?)

William Welch (c.1775- ) was found guilty on 21 February 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of highway robbery. Welch, aged 12, and 7-year-old Henry Conway had robbed an 8-year-old girl of linen that she was taking to her mother's house to be washed. Conway was found not guilty and Welch was sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived at Sydney aboard the William and Ann in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

In May 1794 William Welch was a labourer, off stores, working for settler John McCarthy by the month. He had two children with Phoebe Flarty who he known in England. Welch left Norfolk Island on the Daedalus in 1794.

No further records have been found for William Welch.

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'Welch, William (c. 1775–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Welsh, William

c. 1775

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years