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Rebecca Bolton (c. 1760–1788)

Rebecca Bolton/Boulton, a married woman, was found guilty on 8 May 1784 at the Quarter Sessions of Lindsey at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, of  stealing clothing from a house in which she was a servant. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, in December 1786 she requested permission to take her eight-month's old daughter with her to the colony. The pair arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales as part of the First Fleet. Rebecca was buried at Sydney Cove on 21 April 1788. Her daughter was buried the following week.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 41

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Alternative Names
  • Boulton, Rebecca
  • Gibson, Rebecca

c. 1760


20 April, 1788 (aged ~ 28)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years