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William Holland (c. 1756–?)

William Holland (c.1756- ) and his brother John were found guilty on 7 August 1786 at Exeter, Devon, of breaking into a house and stealing six silver teaspoons and other goods. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, the brothers were sent to the Dunkirk hulk. William was discharged to the Charlotte in January 1787 (George was transferred to the Lion hulk and served his full sentence there). William arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

William Holland left New South Wales on the Britannia in 1793 at the earliest possible moment after his sentence had expired.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 177

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c. 1756
Devon, England

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Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years