Conditional Convict Pardon of William Cuthbert. Ralph DARLING.
Conditional Convict Pardon of William Cuthbert.
Conditional Convict Pardon of William Cuthbert.

Conditional Convict Pardon of William Cuthbert.

Sydney: 27 May 1828.

Bifolium, printed form on vellum, early folds and some soiling, seal detached.

From convict to coach proprietor

A good, large original document, with signatures of the governor Sir Ralph Darling and Alexander McLeay, and remnants of red wax seal, granting a conditional pardon.

A good, large original document, with signatures of the governor Sir Ralph Darling and Alexander McLeay, and remnants of red wax seal, granting a conditional pardon.

William Cuthbert had arrived on the Sir William Bensley in 1817, along with 200 other convicts, transported for fourteen years, with his 'conditional' pardon (meaning that he was free as long as he remained in the colony) granted after having served thirteen of them. Cuthbert appears to have prospered: "Among the citizens going about their business in Sydney in 1832 were Bensley men such as Peter Quigley, who was a shopkeeper in Market Street. John Jacobs was a watchmaker, also in Market Street. Daniel McMahon was a shoemaker around the corner in York Street. William Cuthbert was a coach proprietor nearby. Thomas Ford was a constable based in Liverpool Street". (Babette Smith, Australia's Birthstain: The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era)

Price (AUD): $1,875.00  other currencies Ref: #4504511

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