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Nicholas English (c. 1769–?)

Nicholas English (c.1769- ) was found guilty on 8 December 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing 28 pounds of hair powder valued at 14 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk on 5 April 1785. Discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787 he arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

English was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in January 1790. By July 1791 he was subsisting himself on a Queenborough lot, with 56 rods cleared. He received 200 lashes on 14 November 1791 for disobedience and mutinous behaviour, and was ordered to wear irons for a month. By March 1792 he was off stores and working as a labourer for settlers, and was selling grain to stores from his allotment.

Nicholas English left Norfolk Island on the Kitty on 9 March 1793 and departed the colony on the Britannia in September for Bengal.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 120

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  • Inglish, Nicholas
  • Englis, Nicholas

c. 1769

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years