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John Barford (c. 1766–?)

John Barford and John Cropper were found guilty on 14 December 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a trunk full of clothing from a waggoner. Sentenced to 7 years transportation both men were sent to the Ceres hulk. They arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Alexander as part of the First Fleet.

Barford was sent to Norfolk Island on the Mary Ann in August 1791. In May 1794 he was working for Thomas Crowder. No further information has been found about him.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 23

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  • Barferd, John

c. 1766

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years