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Charles Clay (c. 1756–1788)

Charles Clay (c.1756- ) was an able seaman aboard the Lady Penrhyn when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He received 25 of 50 lashes for giving rum to a convict on 22 February 1788. He left the colony on the Alexander in July 1788. He was sent to hospital at Batavia suffering from scurvy and was considered not likely to recover.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 73

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c. 1756


1788 (aged ~ 32)
Jakarta, Indonesia

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