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David Jacobs (c. 1759–1802)

David Jacobs, a fruit seller, was found guilty on 20 October 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing two livery cloth great coats valued at 40 shillings from a coach. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to Africa, he was sent to the Ceres hulk on 6 July 1784 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Jacobs was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790, returning to Port Jackson on the Kitty in March 1793. He was buried on 5 July 1802 at St John's Church, Parramatta.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 190

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c. 1759


4 July, 1802 (aged ~ 43)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 20 October 1784