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Benjamin Cusley (1759–1845)

Benjamin Cusley arrived in Sydney aboard the Friendship in 1788 as a private marine in the 57th (Plymouth) Company. In 1792 he joined the NSW Corps. He married Phoebe Pendorrick, a convict from the Third Fleet, at Parramatta, in 1795.  In 1797 he was discharged from the NSW Corps but re-enlisted in Captain Johnston's Company. From 1810-1823 he was a private in the NSW Veteran Company serving at Windsor and Parramatta.

Following the death of his wife in 1815 Cusley married Mary Barker, a widow. He was buried in St Matthew's cemetery, Windsor.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 91-92

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Kettering, Northamptonshire, England


20 June, 1845 (aged ~ 86)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

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