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John Carney (c. 1768–1788)

John Carney (c.1768-1788) and John Cullyhorn were found guilty on 22 July 1782 at Exeter, Devon, of breaking and entering a house to steal gowns, other goods, and 32 shillings in money. The men's death sentences were commuted to 7 years transportation. The pair were sent to the Ceres hulk in April 1785, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

John Carney was buried at Sydney Cove on 3 June 1788.

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

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  • Carny, John

c. 1768


2 June, 1788 (aged ~ 20)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years