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George Fry (c. 1761–1810)

George Fry (c.1761-1810), and a companion, were found guilty on 18 March 1782 at Exeter, Devon, of stealing five yards of cloth. Fry's death sentence was reprieved 'to serve in Africa'. He was sent to the Wood Street Compter in London where in October 1783 he began receiving medication and shared confinement with James Ruse. He was sent to the Censor hulk on 19 April 1785 and to the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Fry married Eleanor Sandwich on 7 November 1790 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; both signed the register. He worked as a blacksmith in 1800 and was recorded as having one child in 1806.

He is probably the George Fry who was buried on 17 February 1810 at Sydney; his age was given as 48.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 137

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c. 1761


17 February, 1810 (aged ~ 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years