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Copp, James (c. 1746–1788)

James Copp (c.1746-1788) was found guilty on 30 March 1786 at Exeter, Devon, of the theft of 11 wooden barrels and other goods. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Charlotte in March 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Copp was buried at Sydney Cove on 19 February 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 83

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  • Cope, James

c. 1746


18 February 1788
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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