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Collier, Richard (c. 1765–1812)

Richard Collier (c.1765-1812), a staymaker, was found guilty on 24 March 1784 at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, of the theft of 42 pairs of worsted stockings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk in April 1785 and embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

As Richard Cully he was sent to Norfok Island on the Sirius in March 1790. He maintained himself on a Queenborough lot. He had left the island by 1792 and was living at Matthew Everingham's place on the Hawkesbury in August 1796. As Richard Cully he was working as a labourer at Parramatta in 1806. He was buried on 6 June 1812 at Sydney; he was said to be from London, aged 47.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 78

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  • Cully, Richard
  • Coley, Richard
  • Collens, Richard
  • Culley, Richard
  • Collins, Richard
  • Colly, Richard

c. 1765
London, Middlesex, England


5 June 1812
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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