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Edward Fletcher (1781–1856)

Edward Fletcher was sentenced to life transportation after being court martialled at Gibralta. He arrived in Sydney in December 1801 aboard the Minorca. He was described as being 5 feet 9 inches (175 cms) tall, with a fair complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. In 1806 he was employed by Mr J. Knight. He married Henrietta Langley on 23 March 1806 at St John's, Parramatta. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1810 and a conditional pardon on 31 January 1815. In 1813 he was employed as a constable at Minto and subscribed to a fund for building a court house at Sydney. He was still working as a constable in 1828. In 1822 he held 40 acres of land at Liverpool; 30 acres were cleared  and he held 70 bushels maize, 1 horse, 1 horned cattle, and 30 hogs. He had a further 80 acres at Molles Main.  By 1825 he was described as gaoler and district constable at Upper Minto.

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Alternative Names
  • Flitcher, Edward

10 October, 1781
Tetford, Lincolnshire, England


16 June, 1856 (aged 74)
Seven Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: court martial
Sentence: life