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Gilbert, Stephen (c. 1768–1799)

Stephen Gilbert (c.1768-1799) was a marine in the 36th (Plymouth) Company when he arrived at Sydney aboard the Alexander in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. He served in Captain John Shea's Company at Port Jackson.

Gilbert was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in March 1790. He married Ann Carey on 5 November 1791 during a mass wedding ceremony on the island; they had three children. By 1792 he was working a 60 acre grant. Gilbert left the island in March 1793 for Port Jackson and joined the New South Wales Corps. In 1797 he shared a 150 acre grant at Mulgrave Place with Robert Stephens, John Lewis and John Howell. On 15 January 1799 he received 100 of 2oo acres at Bankstown granted to Michael Murphy and himself. It was registered as sold to Matthew Flinders on 1 January 1800.

Stephen Gilbert died in 1799; his wife was recorded as a widow on 3 August 1799.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 142

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'Gilbert, Stephen (c. 1768–1799)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/gilbert-stephen-31164/text38552, accessed 30 July 2021.

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