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William John Whitelaw (1805–?)

William John Whitelaw (Whitla), a surgeon, was sentenced to fourteen years' transportation for possessing a forged Bank of Ireland note. He arrived in Sydney in 1829 aboard the Sophia. He was recorded as being 5 feet 5¾ inches (167 cms) tall, with a ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

In 1832 he began working as an assistant surgeon with the Australian Agricultural Company. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1834.

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Crime: forgery
Sentence: 14 years