Landscape showing prison hulk to left and convicts arriving to right.
Mural by Wayne Haag for Hyde Park Barracks.

The extraordinary life of William Buchanan: slave, convict, bushranger

The extraordinary life of William Buchanan: slave, convict, bushranger

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The story of a Jamaican rebel who escaped from the Hyde Park Barracks.

Most convicts transported to NSW were from Britain and Ireland, but some came from other countries within the British Empire. Arriving in Sydney in 1836 with a life sentence, Jamaican-born William Buchanan was one of at least 34 convicts from the West Indies who passed through the Hyde Park Barracks. Jamaica was then part of the British West Indies, and a number of people from the various ‘Commonwealth Caribbean’ islands found themselves transported to NSW, having been caught up in the British imperial court system.