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William Moore (c. 1757–1793)

William Moore (c.1757-1793) was found guilty on 12 January 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing clothing valued at 39 shillings but not guilty of breaking into a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk on 5 April 1785 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Moore was ordered 100 lashes on 12 December 1789 for allowing Colebe,to escape his capture through Moore's 'excessive carelessness and want of attention'. Moore was one of the guards of Colebe and Bennelong who had been captured that month.

Moore was buried (as William Ransmore) on 22 June 1793 at Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 250

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Alternative Names
  • Ransmore, William
  • More, William
  • Ransmoore, William

c. 1757


21 June, 1793 (aged ~ 36)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 12 January 1785