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Daniel Barnett (c. 1755–1823)

Daniel Barnett, a waterman, was found guilty on 29 July 1783 at Winchester, Hampshire, England, of stealing iron graplings worth 10 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to America, he was one of the prisoners who mutinied on the convict transport Mercury in April 1784. Recaptured, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk in June 1784. He was discharged to the Friendship in March 1787 and arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 16 June 1793 Barnett married Ann Baker at Parramatta. A year later he received a 30 acre grant of land at Mulgrave Place. By 1802 he had 15 acres under cultivation, and had 1 male and 8 female hogs. He was living with a male child but not, it seems, his wife. He was still with his son on 15 acres of land at Pitt Town in 1822. As Daniel Barney he died on 15 February 1823; his age was given as 68.

information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 24

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Barrett, Daniel
  • Barney, Daniel
  • Barnery, Daniel
  • Barry, Daniel

c. 1755
London, Middlesex, England


15 February, 1823 (aged ~ 68)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years