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Dec 12, 2015

Australia's first Welsh woman

Frances Williams of Whitford, Flintshire, was the first Welsh woman to be transported to Australia. She had made the mistake of stealing some items belonging to Thomas Pennant's ...

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Posted by: RhodriC

illustrator, Moses Griffith. As well as being a feted travel and nature writer, Pennant was the local magistrate. He sentenced Williams to death but her sentence was later downgraded to foreign transportation. There's a marble memorial to Pennant inside Whitford church. He and Griffith were both buried there. For more on this story and the long history of the church, use your mobile to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes on the steel fence inside the churchyard. Or click here