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William Williams (1791–1852)

William Williams, a chemist and druggist, was sentenced to life transportation for forging and uttering a 10 pound note of the Bulltion Bank, a 1 pound note of Birch, Pitt & Co.'s Bank and a 2 pound Bank of England note. He arrived in Sydney in 1820 aboard the Elizabeth. He was described as being 5 feet 6¾ inches (169.5 cms) tall with a fair ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes.

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Alternative Names
  • Thomson, Henry

Glamorgan, Wales


12 January, 1852 (aged ~ 61)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: forgery
Sentence: life