Parr, Thomas William (1788-)

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Parr, Thomas William
Parr, William
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Artist; Draughtsman; Mineralogist; Clerk; Explorer
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Thomas William Parr was a sketcher, explorer, clerk and convict. He embarked for New South Wales in 1787. Parr worked as a mineralogist on John Oxley's expeditions to the interior beyond the Blue Mountains, NSW.

sketcher, explorer, clerk and convict, known as William, was described as 'the noted swindler’ on 27 January 1786 when sentenced at the Liverpool Quarter Sessions to transportation for seven years for cheating a storekeeper. After months in the hulks, he embarked for New South Wales on 6 January 1787 on board the Alexander . At Port Jackson on 10 February 1788 he married Mary McCormack, another First Fleet convict. Employed in the commissariat office issuing spirits, Parr received 200 lashes in May for misusing his position; a similar sentence was handed out for the theft of a pumpkin in 1790. By 1791 he had settled on a 50-acre grant at the Northern Boundary Farms. Watkin Tench visited him there in December and noted that he was a man of great industry, yet although he had built a house and altogether spent 13 guineas on the property, rural life apparently did not suit this former 'merchant’s clerk’ who, Tench added, did not seem pleased with the place. Nothing further is known of Parr until 1814, but the possibility that he provided natural history drawings for John White and other officials cannot be dismissed. When Thomas William Parr – clearly the same man – sued the publisher Absalom West for the £40 West owed him for making four commissioned drawings of the town he was obviously an experienced, if naive, artist. The case was heard on 19 April 1814 and dismissed (perhaps in the light of Parr’s previous record, although both protagonists ...

  • 26 January 1788 Arrived in Sydney on the Alexander

Flourished

  • fl. c.1814 - c.1817

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