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Gilbert Baker (c. 1768–1824)

Gilbert Baker (c.1768-1824) was sentenced, with Richard Ridge, William Lloyd, James McCauley, and William Shaw, to seven years transportation on 9 September 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, for burglariously breaking and entering into a dwelling house and stealing clothing. The men arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Atlantic. By 1801 Baker was living with Sarah Sampson. In 1809 he received a 30 acre grant of land at Manly Cove. In a letter dated 23 August 1810 his occupation was recorded as clerk to Richard Cheers. In a letter dated 29 December 1810 his occupation was given as constable in Sydney. In 1815 he was dismissed from the police force 'for improper conduct & gross neglect of duty' but during 1821-23 his occupation was again given as constable.

Gilbert Baker died on 3 February 1824 at Sydney.

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c. 1768


3 February, 1824 (aged ~ 56)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 9 September 1789