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William Thompson [Bendigo] (1811–1880) by Thomas Earl, 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

revised by Julian Lock

Thompson, William [known as Bendigo] (1811–1880), pugilist, was born at Nottingham on 11 October 1811, the youngest of the twenty-one children (according to some accounts) of Benjamin Thompson (d. c.1826), a mechanic in the lace industry, and his wife, Mary (1769–1851)...