One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A released convict who had served time in Tasmania.‘the new arrivals were three Derwenters’
- ‘The one prominent cause of crime there was the presence of runaway convicts, known commonly as Derwenters.’
- ‘There were bushrangers, Derwenters, and Pentonvillains only too eager to relieve the diggers of their gains.’
- ‘I'm a Derwenter, and I don't care who knows it.’
- ‘Here we engaged a new steward to work his passage to Sydney, who I think was a Derwenter.’
- ‘This peculiar satisfaction in contemplating the past, and loyal to the island in which they had served their time, may be said to have been general with the Derwenters.’
Early 19th century: from the Derwent River, a major river in Tasmania.
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