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David Brown (1772–1826)

David Brown, an ex-soldier of the 74th Highland Regiment of Foot, was tried and convicted in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1788 for housebreaking. He was sentenced to life transportation and arrived in Sydney in 1792 aboard the Pitt. Soon after his arrival he was made a constable. In 1798 he received a land grant and the next year was pardoned absolutely for his diligence as a constable. Through both grants and purchases, David’s landholdings grew to beyond 1000 acres by the time of his death at Wilberforce on 10th January 1826.

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Alternative Names
  • Browne, David

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


10 January, 1826 (aged ~ 54)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life