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John Gould (c. 1741–c. 1792)

John Gould (c.1741-1792?) was found guilty on 20 March 1784 at Exeter, Devon, of theft. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk and was discharged to the Charlotte in March 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Gould and John Coffin were acquitted of theft of food from fellow convict John Ferguson on 23 May 1789. He may have been the John Gould who was buried at Parramatta on 15 September 1792. Several other men with that name had arrived in the colony by this time.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 146

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1741


c. 14 September, 1792 (aged ~ 51)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years