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John Moran (c. 1754–?)

John Moran (c.1754- ) was found guilty on 21 April 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing two silver tablespoons valued at 10 shillings from a woman he had known for six years. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk (as John Morin) 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.

He was probably the Moran who left the colony on the Admiral Borrington on 5 January 1792, his sentence expired. The ship was overtaken by pirates in October 1792 near Bombay (Mumbai). It is not known if Moran escaped or died on the voyage before they even reached Bombay.

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

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Moseing, John
  • Moren, John
  • Morin, John
  • Moreing, John

c. 1754

Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 21 April 1784


Left the colony: Yes