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Richard Clinch (?–1799)

Richard ( - 1799) was a sergeant of marines in the 55th (Portsmouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Scarborough in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He served in Captain John Shea's Company at Port Jackson.

Clinch was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in March 1790. He was reduced to private in June 1791 for giving spirits to Ann Dutton and Mary Shepherd. He returned to Sydney in April 1792 and enlisted in the NSW Corps. In January 1796 he went back to Norfolk Island on the Reliance.

Clinch drowned at Port Jackson on 25 May 1799 before a deed of grant for 260 acres at Bankstown had been made out. The land was left to his heirs.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 75

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