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Who was Alexander Pearce the bushranger?

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Alexander Pearce was an Irish penal convict in Tasmania, Australia. He was born in 1790 and was hanged in Hobart in 1824, for murder and cannibalism.

He was a farm labourer from County Fermanagh in Ireland who was sentenced to penal transportation for "the theft of six pairs of shoes".

Alexander Pearce gained a reputation as a bushranger who had escaped from the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement and is best known for cannibalising his fellow escapees while travelling through the West Coast of Tasmania.

Pearce was captured later near Hobart and in custody made a confession that he and the other men had cannibalised each other over a number of weeks, with Pearce being the last to survive.

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