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John Soar (1758–1825)

John Soar was sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing a bundle of clothing. He arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Surprize as part of the Second Fleet. He married Sarah Guest in 1791. In November 1794 he was granted 30 acres of land on South Creek in the Hawkesbury region. He was also a district constable and assisted in the investigation in the murder of two Aboriginal boys in 1799 for which Simon Freebody and others were tried in 1800.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 545

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Soars, John
  • Soare, John
  • Soan, John

Derby, Derbyshire, England


19 July, 1825 (aged ~ 67)
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years