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Richard Carter (c. 1744–1792)

Richard Carter, a farmer, and three others, including Roger Twyfield, were found guilty on 13 March 1784 at Shrewsbury, England, of the theft of 15 bushels of malt in five hempen bags. Sentenced to 7 years transportation Carter was sent to the Dunkirk hulk in July 1785 and embarked for New South Wales on the Friendship in March 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. 

It was probably he who was buried at Parramatta on 12 April 1792.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 66

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Alternative Names
  • Cartwright, Michael
  • Carter, William
  • Cartwright, William

c. 1744
Staffordshire, England


11 April, 1792 (aged ~ 48)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years