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William Kilby (1736–?)

William Kilby, a labourer, and Thomas Prior were found guilty, on 16 January 1784 at the Abingdon Quarter Sessions, Berkshire, of stealing 10 turkeys, 13 fowls, 5 ducks and 2 geese in a linen bag. The pair were sent to the Censor hulk on the Thames River. They arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Alexander as part of the First Fleet.

Kilby married Sarah Varriner on 21 November 1790. The couple were settled on 60 acres at Prospect Hill by July 1791. By November 1795 Kilby was recorded at Parramatta. No later records have been traced.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 205-06

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years