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Charles Williams (1770–1832)

Charles Williams was sentenced to fourteen years transportation for stealing a horse. He arrived in Sydney in 1797 aboard the Ganges. He married Ann Lucas in 1808. The couple moved to Launceston in 1817 after his wife and mother had been given land grants.

Charles disappeared sometime between 1832 and 1836. Family legend has it that he was murdered but there is a dispute about whether the murder happened in a shipyard in Launceston or on Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney. His body, or any corroborating evidence, has not been found.

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1832 (aged ~ 62)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years