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William Marney (c. 1759–?)

William Marney (c.1759- ) was found guilty on 7 July 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing one woollen apron valued at 6 pence, one pair of stays value at 4 shillings, one linen handkerchief valued at 6 pence, and 17 shillings 6 pence in money. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Censor hulk on 6 September 1784 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Marney was sent to Norfolk Island in October 1788 on the Golden Grove. By July 1791 he was subsisting himself on a Sydney Town lot with 143 rods cleared. He left Norfolk Island on the Chesterfield in March 1793, and the colony on the Britannia in June 1794, for the Cape of Good Hope. 

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 235

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Alternative Names
  • Marriner, William

c. 1759

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 7 July 1784


Left the colony: Yes