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A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 7

< Back to Part 6 Released early from a 14 year stretch on Norfolk Island, which had itself replaced a sentence of death, Robert Atcherley Taylor returned to Tasmania. His many months of good work as a convict-chaplain, which had won him his freedom, also served to prepare him for life on the outside. He was ready to go straight…. Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 6

< Back to Part 5 A death sentence would, in most cases, bring a person’s life story to a rather unpleasant end – but not in the case of Robert Atcherley Taylor! The judgement of death initially recorded following Robert’s conviction in Sydney for “obtaining money under false pretences” was not carried out. Instead, his sentence was “Commuted to 14… Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 5

< Back to Part 4  TWO DOLLARS REWARD, for the Apprehension of a MAN who goes by the Name of PARSON TAYLOR; he stands about 6 feet high; having swindled from the undersigned, a Pair of Trowsers and Stockings, THOMAS WATKINS, Kent-street.  — The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 5 Dec 1825. There could only be one man… Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 4

< Back to Part 3  Robert Taylor was placed at the bar, charged with obtaining money under false pretences … The Honourable the Judge Advocate remarked, with much energy, upon the extraordinary effrontery with which the fraud had been effected, under circumstances from which it was impossible the prisoner could have escaped justice; and upon a very short consultation of… Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 3

< Back to Part 2.  The post office department was in an exceedingly primitive condition in those days. Mr. James Mitchell was postmaster at Hobart Town. A weekly messenger carried letters to Coal River and Pittwater, but no further. In October, 1816, a vast stride was made in this branch of the public service by the appointment of Robert A…. Read more »

A fraudster Down Under: Robert Atcherley Taylor – Part 2

< Back to Part 1. As a result of his conviction for fraud, Robert Atcherley Taylor was sentenced to seven years transportation or, as one commentator gleefully expressed it, “ordered to Botany Bay!” What a shock this must have been for Robert’s family, and what shame they must have felt when the story of his misdeeds hit the press. Robert was… Read more »