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Peter Ellam (c. 1768–?)

Peter Ellam (c.1768- ) was found guilty on 18 July 1785 at the Ormskirk Quarter Sessions, Lancaster, of stealing a pair of leather boots, an overcoat and a red cloak. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres 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.

Ellam married Ann Campbell on 9 October 1791. He received a 30 acre grant at Prospect Hill the following year. Twenty acres were added to the grant on 1 April 1793 'it not being known that he was married'. 

Peter Ellam left the colony on the Indispensable in 1794.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 118

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c. 1768
Lancaster, Lancashire, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years