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Free, Samuel (c. 1771–1819)

Samuel Free was found guilty on 22 October 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a cotton handkerchief worth one shilling. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived in Sydney in August 1791 aboard the Salamander. He was sent to Norfolk Island where, by 1807, he had settled with Elizabeth Smith on 50 acres of land and was also serving as a constable. 

The couple, with their five children, left Norfolk Island on the Porpoise in 1808 and settled in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). Free was granted 70 acres of land at Queenborough. He served as a constable at Sandy Bay and, on 23 April 1810, married Elizabeth. He died on 3 July 1819 at Hobart; his age was given as 49.

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  • People Australia, 21 April 2020

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'Free, Samuel (c. 1771–1819)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/free-samuel-30276/text37557, accessed 13 August 2020.

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  • Tree, Samuel
Birth

c. 1771
London, Middlesex, England

Death

3 July 1819
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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