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John Cobcroft (1756–1853)

John Cobcroft was sentenced to life transportation after being found guilty of highway robbery – stealing 6 shillings from a person. He arrived in Sydney in 1790, as part of the Second Fleet, aboard the Scarborough.

* further information about family: The Cobcroft Family in Australia 1790-1978, compiled by Brian W. Cobcroft (1978).


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Keighley, West Yorkshire, England


4 June, 1853 (aged ~ 97)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 9 September 1789