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John Hill (c. 1753–1788)

John Hill (c.1753-1788) was found guilty on 26 May 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of pickpocketing a linen handkerchief. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Censor hulk on August 1784 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

He may have been the John Hill who was buried at Port Jackson on 26 April 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 174

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1753


25 April, 1788 (aged ~ 35)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft (pickpocketing)
Sentence: 7 years