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Curtis Brand (c. 1764–1800)

Curtis Brand (c.1764-1800), a carpenter, was found guilty on 6 January 1784 at Maidstone, Kent, of stealing two game cocks. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to America, Brand was part of a convict mutiny aboard the Mercury transport. Recaptured he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk in June 1784 and arrived in New South Wales in January 1788 aboard the Friendship as part of the First Fleet.

Brand was granted 30 acres of land at The Ponds in 1791. He married Elizabeth Sully on 20 November 1791 at Parramatta. In December 1793 he held 50 acres and was also working as a carpenter. He died on 15 May 1800; there are no recorded children of the marriage.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 46-47

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c. 1764
Sussex, England


15 May, 1800 (aged ~ 36)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years