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William Standley (1752–1830)

On Saturday night, Mr. William Stanley [Standley] a very aged man, and an old inhabitant known to most in the Colony, was drowned at Compton Ferry. The night was very dark, and it appears the unfortunate man in stepping off the platform of the punt, after just answering "here I am" to a call from the shore, fell into the river, and was not seen afterwards. A person named Jay who was near, jumped into a boat and used every endeavour to pick up Stanley, but the darkness prevented its being effectual, and he found only his hat.–A Reward of Five Pounds is offered for the body.

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  • Stanley, William

3 July, 1752
Plymouth, Devon, England


20 February, 1830 (aged 77)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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