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John Neale (c. 1754–?)

John Neale (c.1754- ) was found guilty on 26 May 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing various items, including a gold watch, from a man as he was leaving the Pantheon in Oxford Street, London. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Censor hulk on 6 September 1784 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Neale was made a member of the night watch in August 1789. He had left the colony by December 1791.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 262

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Neal, John

c. 1754

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (pickpocketing)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 26 May 1784


Left the colony: Yes