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Barnaby Dennison (c. 1758–1811)

Barnaby Dennison (c.1758-1811) was found guilty on 30 April 1783 at Bristol of stopping a man with the intention of robbing him. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Alexander in January 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Dennison was charged, with seaman Walter Ellis, and seven other convicts, of making a noise at an 'improper Hour'. Dennison was sentenced to 50 lashes. He was sworn in as a constable at the Masculine (Dawes Point) district in February 1800. In 1806 he was working as a stone-mason. He received a 30 acre grant of land (as Deneson) at Toongabbee.

Barnaby Dennison died (as Barnabas Dennison) at Sydney General Hospital. He was buried on 28 April 1811; his age was given as 58.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 104

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Alternative Names
  • Dennison, Barnabas
  • Denison, Barnaby
  • Dennison, Barnett
  • Dennison, Berney
  • Deneson, Barnaby
  • Dennison, Barny
  • Dennison, Bernard

c. 1758


27 April, 1811 (aged ~ 53)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years