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John Cox (1765–1848)

John Cox enlisted in the New South Wales Corps on 24 May 1791. He arrived in Sydney aboard the Pitt in 1792. In 1800 he was sent to Norfolk Island with his partner Ann Brookes and their children. In 1810 Cox, along with other members of the NSW Corps was recalled to Sydney. His family did not join him. The corps was disbanded and Cox took the option of discharge from the service and returned to Norfolk Island as a labourer five months later. He was appointed one of six constable on the island.

In January 1813, Cox and his family were transferred to Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania). He was granted 80 acres of land at Port Dalrymple (Longford). By 1819 he had 25 acres in wheat, 55 acres in pasture and owned 30 cattle and 200 sheep. In 1820 he was recorded as having four assigned convicts, and 220 acres of land.

*Information from Diana Aird, .... and begin the World again: The Story of John and Ann Cox of Norfolk Plains, Tasmania – Australian Pioneers (1998)

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11 January, 1765
Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, England


6 December, 1848 (aged 83)
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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