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Daniel Gordon (c. 1740–1818)

Daniel Gordon (c.1740-1818), a servant, and Hannah Smith were found guilty on 5 April 1785 at Winchester, Hampshire, of the theft of several pieces of clothing valued at 5 shillings 6 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation Gordon was sent to the Ceres hulk and embarked on the Alexander on 6 January 1787, arriving at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

 Gordon saved Lydia Munro from being raped by William Boggis after she had been dragged into the bushes. Gordon was tried for the theft of food and clothing from several of his fellow convicts on 19 August 1789 but his trial was adjourned after he appeared in court in a state of delirium. Surgeon White declared that Gordon was 'not in a state of Mind to be put on his Trial' and he was sent to the hospital.

Gordon died at Windsor on 13 October 1818 and was buried at St Matthew's, Windsor, two days later; his age was given as 80.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 145

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Alternative Names
  • Gordon, Janel

c. 1740


13 October, 1818 (aged ~ 78)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years