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Robert Nettleton (c. 1757–1788)

Robert Nettleton (c.1757-1788) and his wife were found guilty on 12 October 1784 at Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, of stealing five silk handkerchiefs, twelve pairs of scissors and six pairs of candle snuffers. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, Robert Nettleton was sent to the Ceres hulk on 15 April 1785 and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Nettleton was buried at Port Jackson on 23 May 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 264

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1757


22 May, 1788 (aged ~ 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Yorkshire
Trial Date: 12 October 1784


Married: Yes