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Samuel Chinery (c. 1767–1841)

Samuel Chinery (c.1767-1841) was found guilty on 7 August 1786 at Exeter, Devon, of the theft of a linen shirt and other goods. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk and embarked for New South Wales on the Charlotte in March 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 5 December 1789 Chinery was acquitted on a charge of stealing two pounds of flour from John Hall. While working for Thomas Arndell he was acquitted, in 1795, of robbing Arndell. In 1806 Chinery worked for Isaac Cornwell and became a landholder in his own right at Windsor in 1814. He was listed as a labourer at Windsor in 1822 and 1825, and was employed by Stephen Hunton (or Hunter) on his farm at Cornwallis in 1828.

Chinery died on 13 April 1841 at Windsor Hospital and was buried at St Mathew's cemetery.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 69

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Alternative Names
  • Chinnin, Samuel
  • Chennedy, Samuel
  • Chinnen, Samuel
  • Chinnery, Samuel
  • Chinery, Samuel

c. 1767


13 April, 1841 (aged ~ 74)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years