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John Colethread (1761–1802)

John Colethread made the voyage to New South Wales as a private marine, 58th (Plymouth) Company on the Lady Penrhyn. The ship arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. Colethread served in the company of Captain James Campbell.

He was accompanied by a son, James, during the voyage and, once in the colony, had two children with Ann Colpitts.

On 3 January 1792 Colethread received a grant of 80 acres of land at Field of Mars and in December 1794 another 30 acres at Dinner Point which was relinquished. He married Catherine Mooney in 1793.  Although he was recorded as holding a farm in mid 1800 he was not very successful and his wife and child were still 'on stores'. His burial was registered on 13 August 1802 at St Phillip's, Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 77-78

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  • Colthread, John
  • Coulthread, John

Carlisle, Cumberland, England


12 August, 1802 (aged ~ 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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