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Joseph Hatton (1748–1828)

Joseph Hatton (c.1748-1828), a hawker and peddler, was sentenced to seven years transportation for breaking into a linen draper's store and stealing material, as well as a silk handkerchief from a house. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788, as part of the First Fleet, aboard the Scarborough.

In 1792 he married Rosamund Sparrow and in May was living on a 50 acre farm. The couple separated after she stabbed him in 1795, apparently in a fit of rage. By 1800 he was living with Ann Smith.

In 1802 he was occupying 30 acres of land at Kissing Point, held by purchase, and was able to support both his family and a servant.

On 1 June 1828 he was found dead in his house. His death was determined to be the result of 'extreme age and infirmity'.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 166-67

Additional Resources

  • inquest, Sydney Gazette, 6 June 1828, p 2

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Life Summary [details]


2 October, 1748
Mirfield, Yorkshire, England


1 June, 1828 (aged 79)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years