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Smith, William (c. 1745–1788)

William Smith (c.1745-1788) and Timothy Discall were found guilty on 25 July 1785 at Bodmin, Cornwall, of stealing iron graplings and other goods worth 23 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation they were sent to the Dunkirk hulk, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Charlotte in March 1787. They were transferred to the Scarborough at Portsmouth on 6 April and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

William Smith was buried at Sydney Cove on 21 May 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 336-37

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'Smith, William (c. 1745–1788)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-william-30748/text38093, accessed 20 October 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 1745

Death

20 May 1788
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

unknown

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years