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Batley, Oten (c. 1764–?)

Oten Batley, a seaman, was found guilty (as Oten Batly) on 10 December 1783 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a watch. Sentenced to seven years transportation, he spent time on the Dunkirk hulk before arriving in Sydney aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet. He had originally been destined to be transported to America on the Mercury in 1784. He was one of the convicts who was recaptured after mutinying.

In January 1790 Batley was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply. By 1791 he had cleared 138 rods of a Sydney Town lot. By April 1792 he was earning a living working for settlers. By the year's end he was selling grain to the government. He returned to Port Jackson on the Kitty in March 1793. There are no further records for Batley. It is likely he returned to England.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 27

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'Batley, Oten (c. 1764–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 6 August 2020.

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c. 1764

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