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John Frederick Smith (1788–1860)

John Smith, a shoemaker, was sentenced to life transportation for house breaking. He arrived in Sydney in December 1808 aboard the Admiral Gambier. In 1810 and 1817 he petitioned for a mitigation of sentence. In 1824 he petitioned for, and received, an absolute pardon.

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Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian, Scotland


9 July, 1860 (aged ~ 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life