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Robert Guy (c. 1772–1820)

Robert Guy, Robert Fenwell, and James Dawson were found guilty, at the September 1788 Old Bailey Sessions, of stealing a gelding valued at £10. Their death sentence was commuted to life transportation and Guy arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Scarborough as part of the Second Fleet. He was sent to Rose Hill (later called Parramatta) and married Ann Yarnell there on 27 June 1792.

Guy was granted a conditional pardon on 24 January 1800. He purchased land at Concord and took up farming. By 1802 he was renting 30 acres at Concord of which 2 acres were cleared. He was also supporting a woman and two children — Maria Nash and her two youngest children.

In 1803 Guy and Maria settled on 30 acres of land in the Nepean district, rented from John Harris a fellow convict from the Scarborough; he bought the farm in 1808. Guy continued to work his land until his death on 16 December 1820. His age was given as 48.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Gay, Robert

c. 1772


16 December, 1820 (aged ~ 48)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life