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Smith, Charles (c. 1741–1795)

Charles Smith (c.1741-1795), a labourer, was found guilty on 15 January 1788 at the Winchester (Hampshire) Quarter Sessions of stealing 4 bushels of barley and 3 bushels of oats. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he was sent to the Fortunee hulk in May 1788, where he remained until he embarked for New South Wales on the Scarborough in November 1789, arriving in Sydney in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Smith was sent to Norfolk Island on the Surprize, arriving in August 1790. Mary Christmas was also on the ship. The couple married on 5 November 1791; they had at least three children.

Charles Smith cultivated a small farm at Queenborough. He died on Norfolk Island (cause of death unknown) on 2 February 1795.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 533

Citation details

'Smith, Charles (c. 1741–1795)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-charles-30672/text38014, accessed 28 January 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 1741
England

Death

2 February 1795
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death

unknown

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years