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Robert Hobbs (c. 1764–1839)

Robert Hobbs was found found guilty on 20 October 1790 of stealing 38 pieces of calico, containing 760 yards, valued at £60. Sentenced to seven years transportation he arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Active as part of the Third Fleet. On 9 January 1792, he was sentenced to 150 lashes for stealing a pair of shoes and a hat belonging to Edward Conroy and Thomas Regan. 

By 1800 he was renting a farm at Mulgrave Place. He married Bridget Heslin in 1801 and a year later purchased land at Mulgrave Place; he was granted a further 60 acres in 1803. In 1806 he was granted 60 acres at Hawkesbury Lagoon. In the 1814 Muster he was described as an 'invalid' and was assigned convicts to assist with farm work.

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c. 1764
London, Middlesex, England


26 February, 1839 (aged ~ 75)
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 20 October 1790


Occupation: weaver