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William Hubbard (c. 1769–1843)

William Hubbard, a plasterer, and William Boggis were found guilty on 19 February 1783 at the Surrey Quarter Sessions of the theft of a sheet valued at three shillings. They were sentenced to be publicly whipped but were later tried for a more serious felony. Their death sentences were commuted to 7 years transportation. The men were sent to the Censor hulk in April 1785. Hubbard was later transferred to the Justitia hulk before embarking for New South Wales on the Scarborough in 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hubbard married Mary Goulding in December 1790. They settled on a 50-acre grant of land at The Ponds. In 1802 he was renting 100 acres in the Northern Boundary district.

In the 1828 Census he was recorded as a labourer. Hannah Whitlock was listed as his wife. He died in the Sydney Benevolent Asylum on 18 May 1843; his age was given as 76.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 181

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  • Hubbert, William

c. 1769
Kingston, Hertfordshire, England


18 May, 1843 (aged ~ 74)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years