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Simon Lavender (c. 1759–?)

Simon Lavender was found guilty on 27 February 1788 at the Old Bailey, London, of the theft of a woollen hammer cloth valued at 42 shillings. He was sent to the Ceres hulk until he embarked on the Surprize for New South Wales in November 1789, arriving in June 1790.

In November 1791 he was sent to Norfolk Island on the Queen. He received 25 lashes for stealing potatoes on 24 April 1792. For a robbery on the visiting merchant ship Shah Hormuzar he was ordered to receive 300 lashes; he received 39 lashes before the flogging was stopped. He left the island in March 1795 on the Fancy for Sydney after the expiration of his sentence. No further records have been found for him. As he was a seaman he could have easily returned to England.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 397-98

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c. 1759

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years