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Richard Hagley (c. 1743–1841)

Richard Hagley (c.1743-1841), indicted as Agley but more often recorded as Hagley, was found guilty on 2 March 1784 at Winchester, Hampshire, of a highway robbery that netted him two silk handkerchiefs and 1s.4d. in coins. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. He was sent to the Censor hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hagley married (as Richard Agley) Ann Wicks on 17 March 1792 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; both signed the register with an 'x'. In 1806 he was employed by Thomas Luie and in 1814 and 1822 was recorded as a labourer, living at Windsor. His wife died, childless, at Pitt Town, in 1816. By 1825 Hagley was recorded as a landholder and in 1828 was employed by David Horton as a stock keeper at Pitt Town.

Richard Hagley died on 10 August 1841 at the Windsor Benevolent Asylum. His occupation was given as 'pauper', and his age as 96.

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

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Agley, Richard
  • Agland, Richard
  • Hayley, Richard
  • Angley, Richard
  • Hadley, Richard
  • Hayley, Richard

c. 1743


10 August, 1841 (aged ~ 98)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: highway robbery
Sentence: 7 years