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Porter, Richard (1766–1849)

Richard Porter was sentenced to life transportation for breaking into a house and stealing a silver watch and items of clothing. He arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Surprize. He married Ann Hutchinson on 8 October 1797. The next year he was granted 30 acres of land at Eastern Farms (Ryde). In 1800 he had 10 acres of wheat sown, 7 acres maize to be sown, 26 pigs, 1 goat, and 2 sheep. He was granted a conditional pardon that same year. By 1822 he had 100 acres of land.

Following Ann's death in 1805 he lived with Ann's daughter, Mary who had also lost her partner. Porter and Mary had five children together and were married on 8 June 1811.

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'Porter, Richard (1766–1849)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/porter-richard-29694/text36750, accessed 6 December 2019.

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