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James Campbell (c. 1764–?)

James Campbell (c.1764- ), a blacksmith, was found guilty on 11 August 1784 at Guildford, Surrey, of the theft of clothing, linen, a blanket, a pair of iron compasses and other goods. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk in April 1785 and embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Campbell was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. By July 1791 he was supporting two people on a Sydney Town lot. He left Norfolk Island in March 1793 on the Kitty. No further records have been found for him.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 65

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c. 1764

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years