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Lawrence May (1773–1837)

Lawrence May was sentenced to seven years transportation. He arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Queen as part of the Third Fleet. By 1796 he was living with Ann Baker. In 1800 he received a grant of 30 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. 27 acres had been cleared by 1802; he also had 8 male hogs and 12 female hogs. By 1806 he held 150 acres of land either by purchase or grant. His partner had died in 1804, there was a rumour that her death had been the result of his violence. He had his first child with Elizabeth Dowling in that same year. Some time later he had a relationship with Rosetta Kite.

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Dublin, Ireland


23 July, 1837 (aged ~ 64)
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years