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George Sharp (c. 1750–1787)

George Sharp (c.1750-1787), Richard Clough and John Stokoe were found guilty on 19 July 1785 at Durham, England, of the theft money from a house. Their death sentences were commuted to 7 years transportation. The men were sent to the Justitia hulk in early 1786, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Alexander in January 1787.

Sharp died on 24 September 1787 when the ship was battling a heavy gale on the way from Rio de Janeiro to the Cape of Good Hope.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 408

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c. 1750


24 September, 1787 (aged ~ 37)
at sea

Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years