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Anthony Best (1772–1850)

Anthony Best was sentenced to seven years transportation for burglary and robbery. He arrived in Sydney aboard the Indian in 1810 leaving a wife and four children in England. He had two children with Hannah Clothier. Around 1814 he began a relationship with Elizabeth Powell. In 1826 he was convicted of receiving stolen property and sentenced to 14 years transportation. The 1828 Census found him located at Morton Bay in Queensland. In 1834 he married Mary Pearson in Sydney. He moved to South Australia without his wife in 1839. He died in March 1850 in South Australia.

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Beverley, Yorkshire, England


16 March, 1850 (aged ~ 78)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years