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Brewer, William (c. 1752–1788)

William Brewer was found guilty on 20 March 1786 at Exeter, Devon, of stealing a sheep valued at 20 shillings. His death sentenced was commuted to 7 years transportation. He was sent to the Dunkirk hulk and arrived in New South Wales in January 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet. He died at Sydney Cove on 5 March 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 48

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c. 1752


5 March, 1788 (aged ~ 36)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years