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John Matthews (1786–1867)

John Matthews was sentenced to life transportation for horse theft. He arrived in Sydney in 1814 aboard the Surrey. According to the ship's indent he was 5 feet 5¼ inches (165 cms) tall, had a sallow complexion, light brown hair and hazel eyes. He gave his occupation as labourer. In 1819 he was was working as a servant for John Wylde.

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Devon, England


16 January, 1867 (aged ~ 81)
St Marys, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life