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Charles Whalan (1772–1839)

Charles Whalan was sentenced to seven years transportation for poaching trout. He arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Albemarle as part of the Third Fleet. His height was given as 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cms) and his occupation as weaver. In 1793 he joined the New South Wales Corps and became Sergeant of the Governor’s Bodyguard of Light Horse, serving Governors Philip Gidley King and Lachlan Macquarie, until his retirement in 1822. He also became a trained surveyor. He married Elizabeth Berry in 1810.

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Alternative Names
  • Whalen, Charles
  • Whelan, Charles
  • Wayland, Charles

15 October, 1772
London, Middlesex, England


18 April, 1839 (aged 66)
Prospect, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years