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William Earl (c. 1762–?)

William Earl (c.1762- ) was found guilty on 5 March 1785 at New Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, of stealing a silver cup and other goods from a house. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 25 March 1785. He was sent to the Ceres hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Alexander in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

A William Earl was issued a permit to leave the colony on 9 March 1806.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 114

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c. 1762

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years