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William Worsdell (c. 1730–1790)

William Worsdell (c.1730-1790) was found guilty on 22 March 1783 at Launceston, Cornwall, of stealing 16 iron bolts from a warehouse. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 10 July 1784, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Charlotte in May 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Worsdell married Maryan Hoffman (thought to be Mary Lawrence) on 31 March 1788 at Sydney Cove. He was buried at Sydney on 2 September 1790.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 393-94

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Worsdale, William
  • Wordale, William
  • Wosdall, William

c. 1730


1 September, 1790 (aged ~ 60)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years