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Charles Milton (c. 1753–1792)

Charles Milton (c.1753-1792), a labourer, was found guilty on 14 March 1785 at Maidstone, Kent, of stealing one joint of a copper funnel weighing 17 pounds and valued at 11 shillings, property of the Crown. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk on 26 December 1785 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Milton was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. By July 1791 he had cleared 75 rods of his allotment but was being held as a prisoner under confinement.

He was probably the Charles Milton who was buried at Parramatta on 12 June 1792. He may have been sent back to Port Jackson for trial.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 246-47

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Mitton, Charles
  • Melten, Charles

c. 1753


11 June, 1792 (aged ~ 39)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Kent
Trial Date: 14 March 1785


Occupation: labourer