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William Bond (c. 1750–1839)

William Bond was found guilty on 18 July 1785 at Exeter, Devon, of stealing 20 yards of muslin and other goods from a house. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. He was sent to the Dunkirk hulk until he embarked on the Charlotte for New South Wales, arriving in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 7 January 1789 Bond was sentenced to receive 150 lashes for being 'in liquor' and insolent to a sentinel. He received  a further 25 lashes on 13 March for 'neglecting his Business as Baker at the Hospital'. Bond married Sophia Parker on 18 March 1792 at Parramatta. He received a 30 acre grant at Mulgrave Place in 1794 and a further 45 acres by 1800, including 20 acres for a female convict (his wife?). He doesn't appear in landholder musters for 1800-02 so had probably sold his land.

Bond advertised as a baker in Sydney in 1804. In November 1809 he held 5o acres at St George's parish, while still continuing his bakery business. He died on 23 September 1839 at Pitt Street, Sydney; his age was given as 109.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 43-44

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c. 1750


23 September, 1839 (aged ~ 89)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years