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Barrisford, John (1753–1821)

John Barrisford/Beresford was a marine  in the 41st (Portsmouth Company) when he arrived in Sydney with his wife aboard the Prince of Wales in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. On 15 August 1787 he had received 50 lashes on the ship for drunken abuse. Two children were born to the couple at Port Jackson before they settled at Norfolk Island in 1791 as farmers on 60 acres of land at Phillipsburg. By 1807 his holding had increased to 107 acres.

In 1808 the family, now consisting of five children, moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). In April 1809 he held 121 acres of land at Glenorchy. Barrisford died on 28 September 1821 at Hobart (his death was registered as Barresford), his age was given as 68.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 25

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  • Barresford, John
  • Beresford, John

Ticknall, Derbyshire, England


28 September 1821
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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