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John Basely (c. 1755–?)

John Basely, a mariner, and Stephen Mullis, a caulker, were found guilty on 12 January 1785 at Exeter, Devon, of stealing one claret colour cloth coat and one pair of black breeches. They were sent to the Dunkirk hulk while waiting to serve their 7 year sentence of transportation. They arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet.

Basely served as assistant to the provost marshal in 1788. He was granted 30 acres of land at the Eastern Farms at the end of January 1792 when his sentence expired. He left the colony on 9 July 1794 on the Indispensable, most likely as a seaman.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 26

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  • Bazley, John
  • Bazely, John

c. 1755

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years