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Edward Cunningham (c. 1766–?)

Edward Cunningham (c.1766- ) was found guilty on 7 July 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a silver pint jug. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk on 6 September 1784, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Cunningham had a daughter with Catherine Harris in November 1793. He received a 30 acre grant of land at Mulgrave Place in 1794 which he had sold by mid 1800 to Commissary James Williamson. No further records have been found for Cunningham.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 90-91

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Alternative Names
  • Cuninghame, Edward
  • Cunninghame, Edward
  • Cuningham, Edward

c. 1766

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years