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The Keats family is probably most notable for the fact that 16/18-yr-old Williams Keats Jnr shot Yagan, the most notable Indigenous patriot at the time of colonisation, for thirty pieces of silver. William was speared to death. James, his brother, escaped. Aka Keites, Keates.
KEATS, William, b. 1792, arr. 15.12.1829 per Gilmore with wife Ann b. 1797 & 2 sons, James b. 1820 (India), William b. 1815 d. 1833 killed by Aborigines after the shooting of Yagan. Claimed to be a foreman mason in London. Fremantle publican at "Kings Arms" in 1833. "A character better known than respected", he was transported to Tasmania for plundering the wreck of the Cumberland (31.1.1835 Perth Gazette). His wife dep. 25.1.1836 per Giraffe. (see William KElTES).
Hasluck, Alexandra 1961, 'Yagan the patriot', Early Days, vol. 5, part 7: 35-48.
Hasluck, Alexandra 1967, 'Yagan ( - 1833)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, ANU.
Moore, George Fletcher 1884, Diary of Ten Years Eventful Life of an Early Settler in Western Australia, Walbrook, London; facsimile edition, UWAP, 1978. Moore spells the names Keates and Ya-gan.
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