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William Roberts (1754–1819)

William Roberts was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing. He arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet. In 1796 he was granted 50 acres of land. 30 acres were under cultivation by 1801; 25 acres were growing wheat/maize and he had 15 hogs. He was living in the Hawkesbury area with his family in 1806. In 1810 his trade was registered as publican and he was granted a license to retail wines and spirits in Sydney. Describing himself as a widower he married Jane Longhurst on 3 April 1810 at St Philip's Church, Sydney. In the 1816 Muster he was listed as a publican at Liverpool and was back at Sydney the next year. He was also a contractor for the repair of a road bridge.

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Cornwall, England


13 September, 1819 (aged ~ 65)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years