William Patrick Purcell (1845-1879)


William Patrick Purcell led a difficult life. When he was four years old, in 1848, he accompanied his mother, a convict, from Cork, Ireland to Tasmania. He spent two years in the Orphan School in Hobart before being reunited with his mother and her new family. His stepfather, Robert Garrod, was a harness maker and saddler, and it seems that William may have learnt this trade from Robert.

After moving to Victoria, William married, and the family lived an itinerant lifestyle. He was shot to death by Thomas Dawson in 1879 when 34 years old, leaving his wife and 7 children aged from 1 to 11 years and one unborn child.

I previously wrote about him here.

South Wing of Orphans School Hobart

South Wing of Orphans School Hobart

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