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Samuel Speed [was] the last living Australian convict. He was transported to Western Australia in 1866 and died in 1938, just short of his 100th birthday. ...

Speed was born in Birmingham, England in 1841. He had one brother and one sister, but little else about his family or early life is known. He was in his early twenties when he was tried in Oxfordshire in 1863 for setting fire to a haystack. Homeless and begging for food, he had committed arson in order to get arrested and spend some time in a warm cell. He was sentenced to seven years of convict transportation to Australia.

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The Conversation article, source of the above.
Image from the article, attributed to The Mirror, 1938.


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