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Rowe, John (1757–1810)

John Rowe and Edward Moyle were tried at the Launceston Assizes (UK) on 19 March 1785 "for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Benjamin Barrett about 11 in the forenoon no person being therein and stealing thereout two coats value 50s. and other goods value 17s.8d. his property." Rowe was found guilty of stealing the goods and not guilty of breaking and entering the house in the day. He was sentenced to seven years transportation and arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet.

In 1792 he was granted 50 acres at Northern Boundary Farms (Parramatta). In 1797 he received a grant of 60 acres in the district of Prospect Hill. By 1800 he had 5 acres of wheat sown but no animals. He was living off stores; his wife and children were living on stores. Eight acres had been cleared by 1802.  22 acres had been cleared by 1806. They consisted of 5 acres of wheat, 1 acre of barley, 6 acres of pasture, and 10 acres of fallow pasture. The whole family was living off stores. Rowe received a grant of 100 acres at Parramatta in 1808.

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Alternative Names
  • Rawe, John
  • Roe, John

Lanivet, Cornwall, England


February 1810
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years