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William Hatfield (c. 1757–1793)

William Hatfield (c.1757-1793) was found guilty on 14 March 1785 at Maidstone, Kent, of assault with a pistol and intent to rob. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk on 26 December 1785 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hatfield married Elizabeth Cook on 12 July 1790 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; he signed the register, she signed with an 'x'. Hatfield was buried at Parramata on 5 February 1793. His death was attributed to dysentery, caused by 'partaking intemperately of the American rum'.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 165

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1757
Plumstead, Kent, England


4 February, 1793 (aged ~ 36)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years