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Thomas Till (c. 1764–?)

Thomas Till (c.1764- ) and James Baldwin, both chimney sweeps, were found guilty on 12 January 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of breaking into a house and stealing clothing. Their death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. After spending sent to the Ceres hulk, Baldwin arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet.

On 26 May 1788 Till accused his tent mate John Trace of stealing some of his flour for which Trace received 200 lashes. It is not known what he did in the colony other than that he was a witness at a wedding in 1790. He does not appear in any subsequent Musters.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 357-58

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c. 1764
London, Middlesex, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years