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William Charles Wilkes, convict Queenslander

About the convict

...the name of Mr. Wilkes would ever be identified with the great triumph, the Separation of Moreton Bay from New South Wales.

Brisbane Courier, 16 May 1873, p.3

Mr. Wilkes had a fluent and spirited pen, and many old readers of the "Courier" will remember his keen and pungent paragraphs in the weekly notes of the late fifties and early sixties.

The Queenslander, 29 August 1914, p.29

Head and shoulders portrait of a man with a moustache wearing a suit
Role: Editor of the Moreton Bay Courier and Separationist
Born: c.1816
Convicted: 14 February 1833 at Middlesex Gaol Delivery (Old Bailey - London)
Crime: Stealing in dwelling-house
Sentence: Transportation for life
Ship: Neva
Transported: Arrived in New South Wales on 21 November 1833
Died: Sydney on 21 November 1873. Buried in Camperdown Cemetery
Notes: Conditional Pardon issued on 1 February 1848

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