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Batley, Walter (c. 1760–?)

Walter Batley, a bricklayer, was found guilty on 29 October 1783, at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing as large quantity of navy clothing from a shop. Sentenced to seven years transportation, he was kept on the Dunkirk hulk until sent to Sydney aboard the Friendship. The ship arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Batley married Martha Baker on 21 February 1788 at Sydney Cove. The couple were sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in November 1789. By May 1790 Martha was living with Samuel Mobbs. Batley returned to Port Jackson on 7 February 1793 and settled on a grant of land at Liberty Plains where he worked as a bricklayer.

It is not known when he died.

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

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'Batley, Walter (c. 1760–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/batley-walter-30046/text37283, accessed 6 April 2020.

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  • Batley, Walton
  • Rouse, Walton
  • Rouse, John
  • Rouse, Walter
  • Rowse, Walton
  • Rowse, John
  • Rowse, Walter
  • Rous, Walton
  • Rous, John
  • Rous, Walter
  • Batly, Walter
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c. 1760
Norfolk, England

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