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Joseph Long (c. 1759–1793)

Joseph Long (c.1759-1793) was found guilty on 23 March 1785 at Gloucester of stealing a silver watch. His death sentence was commuted to 14 years transportation on 28 December 1785. Sent to the Ceres hulk early in 1786 he was dispatched to the Alexander in January 1787 and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Long was sent to Norfolk Island in the Golden Grove in October 1788. He received 12 lashes on 28 January 1789 for being absent from work and 100 lashes on 28 October 1789 for lending shoes he had been given to mend. He had died on Norfolk Island by 15 June 1793.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 224

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c. 1759


June, 1793 (aged ~ 34)
Norfolk Island, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 14 years
Court: Gloucestershire
Trial Date: 23 March 1785