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James Clark (c. 1753–?)

James Clark, a butcher, was found guilty on 6 April 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a silver watch from a man. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Ceres hulk before arriving at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet.

Clark worked at the governor's farm in 1789. In March 1790 he was sent (as James Clark) to Norfolk Island on the Sirius. By July 1791 he was living with Susannah Huffnell and her daughter Elizabeth on a Sydney Town lot.

He is possibly the Charles Clark who lived with Mary Lammerman on a four acre lot at Queenborough in June 1794. He departed with Mary for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Porpoise in 1807.  In the 1811 Muster he was listed as Charles Clark, living at Hobart. By 1822 he was back in New South Wales, as Charles Clark, employed by W. Broughton at Appin. In 1828 he was working as a servant for Elizabeth Peisley. No further records have been located for him.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 70-71

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Alternative Names
  • Hosier, James
  • Clarke, John
  • Hosier, John
  • Clark, Charles
  • Hosier, Charles

c. 1753

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years