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Thomas Akers (1757–1824)

Thomas Akers (Acers) was sentenced, with John Smith, to seven years transportation for highway robbery near Torrington, Devon, England. Both men arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet. In November 1974 Akers was working 20 acres of land. On 3 November he was granted 30 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. By 1800 he was renting a farm at Mulgrave Place and was off stores. Two years later he held 20 acres there by purchase; the family was self-supporting. In May 1805 he sold a 30 acre farm to Thomas Lewer. In 1806 he went into partnership with Thomas Phillips on a farm at 'Cat Eye' (Cattai). By 1814 he was living in the Liverpool district and in 1816 held 40 acres at Airds, Campbelltown.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 4

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  • Acres, Thomas
  • Ackers, Thomas

Exeter, Devon, England


4 January, 1824 (aged ~ 67)
Camden, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years