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John Burn (c. 1762–?)

John Burn (c.1762- ), a labourer, was found guilty on 23 May 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a wooden cask containing 100 Ilbs weight of Belvidere raisins. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Fortunee hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in November 1789, arriving in Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Burn was sent to Norfolk Island in August 1791. He lived (as John Byrne) with Elizabeth Hall. He was doing jobbing work in May 1794. Burn sailed for Sydney (without Hall) in November 1795. He has not been traced in any further colonial records.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 182

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Alternative Names
  • Byrne, John

c. 1762

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years