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John Pontie (c. 1759–?)

John Pontie (1759- ) and John Matthew Cox were found guilty on 7 July 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of the theft of 13 yards of thread lace from a haberdasher. His death sentence was commuted to life transportation on 7 August 1786. He was sent to the Ceres hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Pontie was emancipated on 4 September 1799 on condition that he remain exiled for life. In 1806 he was given permission to leave the colony; he left on the Commerce in February 1807.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 290

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  • Ponti, John

c. 1759

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life