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John Bryant (1757–1789)

John Bryant (c.1757-1789) was found guilty on 14 March 1785 in Exeter, Devon, of highway robbery and the theft of a silver watch, other goods and 23 shillings 6 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk until he embarked on the Charlotte in March 1787 for New South Wales, arriving in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Bryant married Ann Coombes on 17 February 1788. The couple was sent to Norfolk Island on the Golden Grove in October 1788. There he informed authorities about a plot to take the commandant and the marines captive. On 28 July 1789 he was killed by a falling tree.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 56

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28 July, 1789 (aged ~ 32)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years