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Stephen Johns (c. 1768–?)

Stephen Johns (c.1768- ) was found guilty on 25 January 1786 at Launceston, Cornwall, of stealing two ewes, one wether and two lambs. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 13 April 1786. Sent to the Dunkirk hulk he was dispatched to the Charlotte in March 1787 and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Johns was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in November 1789. He was maintaining himself on a Sydney Town lot on July 1791, with 12 rods cleared. He was still living on Norfolk Island in 1796 but then disappeared from records.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 193

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c. 1768
Cornwall, England

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Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Cornwall
Trial Date: 25 January 1786