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Peter Morris (c. 1759–?)

Peter Morris (c.1759- ) was found guilty on 12 July 1784 at Bristol, England of stealing breeches and a waistcoat. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk at the end of 1784 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Morris was mustered on board the ship and is not recorded as having died during the voyage. There are no records for him in the colony. It is assumed that he was one of the 11 men  noted by Governor Phillip as having absconded after landing.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 253

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c. 1759

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Bristol
Trial Date: 12 July 1784