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Richard Porter (1766–1849)

Richard Porter was found guilty on 20 March 1789 at the Nottingham Assizes of breaking into a house and stealing a silver watch and items of clothing Sentenced to life transportation he arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Surprize. He married Ann Hutchinson on 8 October 1797. The next year he was granted 30 acres of land at Eastern Farms (Ryde). In 1800 he had 10 acres of wheat sown, 7 acres maize to be sown, 26 pigs, 1 goat, and 2 sheep. He was granted a conditional pardon that same year. By 1822 he had 100 acres of land.

Following Ann's death in 1805 he lived with Ann's daughter, Mary, who had also lost her partner. Porter and Mary had five children together and were married on 8 June 1811.

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Life Summary [details]




20 September, 1849 (aged ~ 83)
Pennant Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life
Court: Nottinghamshire
Trial Date: 20 March 1789


Children: Yes (6)