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John Russell (c. 1724–?)

John Russell (c.1724?- ) a seaman, was found guilty on 24 April 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a copper saucepan and check apron. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Censor hulk, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Russell was employed as a candle maker at Port Jackson and worked in the tallow chandler's hut near the bakehouse. On 12 January 1789 he was ordered 300 lashes for violently beating Mary Love and Elizabeth Lock and obstructing John Bazley in his work. He had been seeking 'Nurse' Jane Creek, whom he claimed was his 'property'.

No further records have been found for John Russell.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 319

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c. 1724

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years