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Matson, Thomas (c. 1760–?)

Thomas Matson (c.1760- ), a labourer, and James McDonnough were found guilty on 11 July 1785 at Maidstone, Kent, of stealing a leaden pump 200 pounds in weight and £2 in value. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, they were sent to the Ceres hulk on 26 December 1785 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. They arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Matson was recorded in the colony in 1788 but disappears in colonial records after that.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 242

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  • Maton, Thomas

c. 1760

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Kent
Trial Date: 11 July 1785