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James Davis (c. 1757–?)

James Davis (c.1757- ) was a carpenter on the Sirius when he arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Davis had received 12 lashes for drunken insolence on 13 August 1787 when he was aboard the Supply. In November he was sentenced to 400 lashes, to be given at a rate of 50 a week, for insolence to Robinson Reid and theft. After the Sirius was wrecked Davis worked as a sawyer at Norfolk Island. He returned to England on the Waaksamheid from Port Jackson in March 1791.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 97-98

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c. 1757
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

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