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Ayres, William (c. 1762–?)

William Ayres (indicted as Eyres and listed as Hares by the contractor), a saddler, was found guilty, on 29 July 1783 at Winchester, England, of assault and highway robbery. His death sentence was commuted to seven years transportation, and on 26 March 1784 he embarked on the Mercury for America. Following the convict mutiny aboard the ship, Ayres was sent to the Dunkirk hulk where, in 1787, he embarked on the Friendship for Sydney, arriving in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 2 February 1789 Ayres was ordered to receive 50 lashes 'for attempting to impose a falsehood'. He was ordered another 25 lashes on on 13 April 'for refusing to obey the orders of the Coxswain of the Boat'; this sentence was forgiven.

Ayres married Mary Potten on 17 July 1789. He was recorded as having left the colony by mid 1791, his sentence having expired.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 14

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'Ayres, William (c. 1762–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/ayres-william-29997/text37206, accessed 26 January 2020.

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  • Hares, William
  • Eyres, William
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c. 1762
Stafford, Staffordshire, England

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