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Richard Ridge (c. 1776–1842)

Richard Ridge (c.1766-1842) was sentenced, with Gilbert Baker, James McAuley, William Lloyd, and William Shaw, to seven years transportation on 9 September 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, for burglariously breaking and entering into a dwelling house and stealing clothing. The men arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Atlantic as part of the Third Fleet.

By 1801 Ridge was living with Jane Poole; they jointly held 60 acres of land. He married Margaret Forrester in 1809 and was appointed a district constable in 1812. In 1822 he appears in Muster records as the master of 10 convicts.

Richard Ridge died on 1 January 1842 at Windsor, New South Wales; his age was given as 78.

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c. 1776
Oxfordshire, England


1 January, 1842 (aged ~ 66)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 9 September 1789