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John Campbell (c. 1758–?)

James Campbell (indicted as George otherwise John) was found guilty on 15 September 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of the assault on and theft from a woman who had been visiting another woman in the prison in which he was housed. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation in March 1785. He was sent to the Ceres hulk in April 1785, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Campbell was recorded as John Campbell in the colony in 1788. He worked as a baker in 1792. It is not known what became of him after that. As his sentence expired in March 1792 it is possible he left the colony.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 64-65

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Alternative Names
  • Campbell, James
  • Campbell, George
  • Campbell, John George

c. 1758

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Crime: assault and robbery
Sentence: 7 years