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Barnett, Henry (c. 1744–?)

Henry Barnett was found guilty on 23 March 1785 at Warwick, England, of stealing a parcel from a coach. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. He was sent to the Censor hulk before arriving in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Alexander as part of the First Fleet.

Barnett was sent to Norfolk Island in March 1790 on the Sirius. With William Dring and Charles McLaughlin he stole potatoes from gardens and was sent to Nepean Island in irons for six weeks on 15 May 1791. They were brought back 4 weeks later on 12 June. Barnett left Norfolk Island for Sydney aboard the Kitty in March 1793 and then returned to England in 1794. His return passage was ordered by the governor.

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

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