Convict and Pioneer


In 1876 a remarkable old man lay dying at his Pelican Creek farm on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It was a long way from the little village of Farley, in distant Wiltshire, where he was born in 1798.

Perhaps he thought about the near sinking of his convict ship in the Atlantic Ocean as it transported him to Australia and 14 years of convict servitude.

Maybe he recalled that on opposite sides of the world he had twice been married, that he had twice survived confinement in prison Hulks, and twice escaped the hangman's noose.

With his family gathering close by, perhaps he was reminded of their daring overland trek by bullock team from the Hunter Valley to pioneer new farms in the Richmond River wilderness.



Prison Hulk




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