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Wood, Mark (c. 1765–?)

Mark Wood (c.1765- ), a shoemaker, was found guilty on 29 October 1783 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing ten cloth coats from a lodger at a tailor's house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to America, he was among the prisoners who mutinied on the convict transport Mercury in April 1784. Recaptured, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk in August 1784. He was discharged to the Friendship in March 1787 and arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Wood was severely reprimanded and ordered to apologise to his overseer Simon Burn on 13 October 1789 for insolence. He left the colony on the Daedalus in July 1793.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 391

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'Wood, Mark (c. 1765–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/wood-mark-30856/text38207, accessed 25 July 2021.

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c. 1765
Shropshire, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years