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Best, Anthony (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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'Best, Anthony (1772–1850)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/best-anthony-25134/text33618, accessed 19 January 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

1772
Beverley, Yorkshire, England

Death

16 March 1850
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years