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John Brown (c. 1741–1821)

John Brown was sentenced to 7 years transportation on 17 March 1787 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Matilda in August 1791 as part of the Third Fleet. He had been sent to Norfolk Island by 1804 where he was employed as a stock keeper. From 1805 he lived with Susanna Pickett. The couple left the island for Port Jackson on the Kangaroo in 1814. They were described by the superintendent as an old, poor couple who required public support.

Brown may be the John Brown who was buried at Sydney, aged 80, in May 1821.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1741


May, 1821 (aged ~ 80)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years