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May, Richard (c. 1762–?)

Richard May (c.1762- ) was found guilty on 5 March 1785 at New Sarum, (Salisbury), Wiltshire, of stealing linen shirts, leather breeches, eight guineas and other goods. His death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation on 26 March 1785. Sent to the Ceres hulk at the end of June 1785 he was dispatched to the Alexander in January 1787 and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

May was recorded in the colony in 1788. There are, however, no further certain references to him.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 243

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'May, Richard (c. 1762–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/may-richard-31498/text38953, accessed 24 October 2021.

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c. 1762

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Wiltshire
Trial Date: 5 March 1785
(1785)