This exhibition about William Cuffay and Chatham features resources from Medway Archives Centre.
In July 1870 William Cuffay died in Hobart, Tasmania Australia. He was 82 year old, a tailor by trade and was born in Chatham.
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In 1786 Chatham Cuffay married Juliana Fox who was probably a local woman. They had 5 children, William was the oldest.
William's father Chatham Cuffay was employed at Chatham Dockyard from July 1778 until August 1798.
To London and beyond
William left Chatham and carried on working as a tailor in London. He married 3 times.
Unrest and protest
William Cuffay became actively involved in protests. In 1834 he took part in the general strike called by the GNCTU.
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- William Cuffay biography file: Medway Archives Centre Ref: VF MED920 CUFF
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