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Barnett, Daniel (c. 1755–1823)

Daniel Barnett, a waterman, was found guilty on 29 July 1783 at Winchester, Hampshire, England, of stealing iron graplings worth 10 shillings. He was originally ordered to be transported to America for 7 years but after a convict mutiny on the ship Mercury — and his subsequent recapture — he was sent to Dunkirk hulk. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Friendship as part of the First Fleet.

On 16 June 1793 Barnett married Ann Baker at Parramatta. A year later he received a 30 acre grant of land at Mulgrave Place. By 1802 he had 15 acres under cultivation, and had 1 male and 8 female hogs. He was living with a male child but not, it seems, his wife. He was still with his son on 15 acres of land at Pitt Town in 1822. He died on 15 February 1823 (recorded as Barney), his age at burial was given as 68.

information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 24

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Alternative Names
  • Barrett, Daniel
  • Barney, Daniel
  • Barnery, Daniel
  • Barry, Daniel

c. 1755
London, Middlesex, England


15 February 1823
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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