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Francis Stapleton (1812–1859)

Francis Stapleton, ploughman, was sentenced to life transportation for stealing two horses. He had no previous convictions. He arrived in Sydney in 1832 aboard the John. He was described as being 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cms) tall, had a brown & freckled complexion, light hair, light hazel eyes, and marks or scars. His brother Abraham Stapleton was also convicted of the theft and was transported on the John.

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Northamptonshire, England


5 April, 1859 (aged ~ 47)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: life