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Richard Joy (?–1795)

Richard Joy ( -1795) was found guilty on 11 July 1787 at the Old Bailey Sessions of the theft of a silver watch. His death sentence was commuted to life transportation in September 1789. He was held at Newgate Gaol until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in November 1789, arriving in Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Joy was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving in August 1790. He and Ann Wood were jointly issued with a sow and he was given a plot of land to cultivate at Phillipsburgh. Joy and Wood lived in a hut on the land.

Richard Joy died on Norfolk Island on 11 December 1795.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p

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11 December, 1795
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life