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Forrester, Robert (1758–1827)

Robert Forrester was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing six guineas in gold coins. He arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet.

In 1791 a marriage was recorded between Robert Forster and Mary Frost. It is uncertain if it was this Robert Forrester or Robert Forster from the Matilda or even one of the several Fosters in the colony that is being referred to. There is also uncertainty about which Mary Frost he married.

One week after the marriage Forrester was sent to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic. He returned to New South Wales in 1793 and by 1794 was living on 30 acres at Mulgrave Place. By mid 1800 his household included his common-law wife, Isabella Ramsay, with whom he had been living since 1793, and five children. From at least 1814 he lived with Jane Wilson.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 131

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'Forrester, Robert (1758–1827)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/forrester-robert-19473/text33586, accessed 6 August 2020.

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