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John Martin (1769–1812)

John Martin was found guilty, on 22 October 1788 at the Old Bailey Sessions, of the theft of a trunk containing 6 guineas, 2 crowns, 3 silver buckles, and 11 silver buttons. He was sentenced to seven years transportation. He was sent to Newgate Gaol and in late May 1789 to the Dunkirk hulk and on the Thames River in late May 1789 where he waited to be transported. He arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet.

Between 1803-06 Martin leased a 7 acre farm in the Hawkesbury district. In 1806 he 6 acres sown in maize and one in wheat and owned two pigs. He died on 28 April 1812 and was buried at Windsor. He had five children with Mary Allen.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 428 and Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 5-6

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28 April, 1812 (aged ~ 43)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years