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Sarah Acton (1766–1795)

Sarah Acton was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing 10 suckling pigs valued at 20 shillings. She arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet.

She died on 25 December 1795 at Norfolk Island.

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25 December, 1795 (aged ~ 29)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years