Mark Jeffrey

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Mark Jeffrey

Mark Jeffrey (1825-1903) was an English convict transported to Australia. He was known as "Big Mark", the grave digger on the Isle of the Dead Cemetery at Port Arthur, Tasmania. While a living alone on the island for several years he dug his own grave, which he carefully tended, patting down the sides with a spade to kill marauding worms. Before his death in 1903 he wrote his autobiography which provides an interesting insight into convict life.

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