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Edward Cormick (c. 1762–1788)

Edward Cormick (c.1786-1788) was found guilty on 2 March 1786 at Hertford, England, of stealing one scarlet cloth cardinal. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Ceres hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Alexander in January 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Cormick absconded from the Port Jackson settlement on 5 June 1788, returning emaciated on 23 June. He was tried the next day and hanged on 25 June as Edward Corbet.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 83

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Alternative Names
  • Corbet, Edward

c. 1762


25 June, 1788 (aged ~ 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years