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Richard John Robinson (1759–1825)

Richard John Robinson was found guilty on 2 February 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a horse. His death sentence was commuted to life transportation in September 1789. He arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Scarborough as part of the Second Fleet.

Robinson married Ann Inett on 18 November 1792. By 1800 he and Ann held land near Parramatta on which they cultivated 22 acres of maize and kept pigs. They were also running an eating house known as the Yorkshire. He returned to England in 1819 aboard the Surrey. It is thought he may have died in 1825.

* information from Michael Flood, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 503-05

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Alternative Names
  • Robinson, Joseph John

Hull, Yorkshire, England


1825 (aged ~ 66)
Lincolnshire, England

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: life