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Bannister, George (1766–?)

George Bannister was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing clothing from a house. He arrived in Sydney aboard the Alexander in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 15 March 1789, he received 50 lashes for stealing 3 lbs of flour. He was living with Ann Forbes. Later in the year their daughter, Sarah, was baptised. The couple (without Sarah) were sent to Norfolk Island in March 1790 where he was given a grant of land. By the end of 1792 he was selling wheat to the government.

He left Norfolk Island for New South Wales in 1793 where he was employed as a fisherman. No trace has been found of him in the colony after 1794. He may have worked his passage from the colony as a sailor.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 22

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'Bannister, George (1766–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bannister-george-25111/text33592, accessed 13 December 2019.

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1766

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