William Mobbs (1764–1839)

WILLIAM MOBBS was a convict who was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey for stealing saltpetre. His brother-in-law, WILLIAM BATMAN or BATEMAN, was tried alongside him for receiving the stolen saltpetre, which was a major ingredient for gunpowder. Both men were sentenced to transportation, but did not arrive on the same ship. WILLIAM MOBBS sailed per Barwell (1798). He ended up in Parramatta, Burramattagal Country, where his sister, MARY, and his brother-in-law turned partner-in-crime, WILLIAM BATMAN, were also located. WILLIAM MOBBS married and had children, and died in 1839, in his mid-seventies.

Burial Location

  • Section 3, Row A, No. 8, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


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# English

# Convict

# Trial Place: Old Bailey

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Barwell (1798)

# Burial year: 1839

# Grave: marked