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William Evans (c. 1747–1788)

William Evans (c.1747-1788) was found guilty on 12 March 1787 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, of stealing a black mare. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 28 December 1785. He was sent to the Dunkirk hulk, and discharged to the Friendship in March 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Evans died at Port Jackson on 30 May 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 121

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1747


30 May, 1788 (aged ~ 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years