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William Hubbard (c. 1763–1792)

William Hubbard (c.1763-1792) was found guilty on 25 February 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of taking about 15 yards of printed velveret from a shop window — which he had broken. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 12 April 1784. He was sent to the Censor hulk on 6 September 1784, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hubbard worked as a clerk in the commissary's office in 1788. He was buried on 19 January 1792 at St John's, Parramatta.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 180-81
  • Biographical Database of Australia —

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Husband, William

c. 1763


18 January, 1792 (aged ~ 29)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 25 February 1784