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John Cross (1757–1824)

John Cross was sentenced to death for stealing a sheep. The sentence was later reduced to life transportation. He arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788 aboard the Alexander as part of the First Fleet.

In April 1790 he was working on Lieutenant James Furzer's farm. By 1793 he was living with Mary Davison/Davidson/Dawson.

In 1804 he was granted 100 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. By then his oldest daughter, Elizabeth, had died.

For more about his life see: Lorraine Prothero, Cross: His Mark (1987)

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23 March, 1757
East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England


24 December, 1824 (aged 67)
Wiseman's Ferry, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life