Item #CL174-9 Indenture Between James Mudie And William Smith
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Indenture Between James Mudie And William Smith

1831. Letterpress document on paper watermarked “J. Whatman, Turkey Mill, 1825”, inscribed, dated and signed in ink in various hands including Bishop Broughton, head of the Church of England, and William Lithgow, Auditor-general, 40.2 x 25.2cm. Missing portions and tears to edges, slight discolouration and creases overall.

William Smith was only 8 years old, an orphan when he was indentured to Mudie until age 21, in 1844. James Mudie (1779-1852), a Scottish-born free settler of Australia, was an officer of marines who was eventually dismissed, a large landowner in Hunter River district, a brutal and unpopular magistrate in Maitland, and the author of a controversial book published in London in 1837, titled The Felonry of New South Wales, which “ferociously” attacked anyone who Mudie thought had in any way opposed him. Ref: Wiki, ADB.

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