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Farley, William (c. 1769–?)

William Farley (c.1769- ) and James Neale were found guilty on 10 February 1785 at Bristol, England, of stealing sugar from a warehouse. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, the men were sent to the Dunkirk hulk and discharged to the Friendship in March 1787, arriving at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Farley was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in March 1790 and was sustaining himself on a one acre Sydney Town lot by July 1791. By February 1792 he was off stores and working for Norfolk Island settlers. He left the island on the Kitty in 1793 and worked his passage back to England as a seaman.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 123

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