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Richard Shrimpton (c. 1764–1827)

Richard Shrimpton was found guilty at the March 1788 Berkshire Assizes of the theft of a horse. His death sentence was commuted to life transportation. He was sent to the Lion hulk before arriving in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Scarborough as part of the Second Fleet.

Shrimpton married Ann Keys at Parramatta on 24 June 1792. Granted a conditional pardon in 1797 he received a 50 acre land grant in the Eastern Farms district in 1799. By 1802 he was cultivating an acre in wheat and 6 acres of maize, and holding 10 bushels of wheat and 20 of maize; he was also managing 100 acres owned by Lieutenant William Kent. In November 1804 Shrimpton sold his farm to James Jenkins and in 1806 was employed by Simeon Lord as a labourer. By 1820 he was again working as a farmer, this time on 20 acres in the Hawkesbury district.  Following the death of his wife he married Charlotte Crabb on 9 August 1819; they had four children.

Shrimpton was buried at Wilberforce on 12 July 1827, his age given as 65.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 527

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1764
Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England


11 July, 1827 (aged ~ 63)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life