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Wright, Joseph (1767–1811)

Joseph Wright was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing from a building 218 lbs of lead worth forty shillings. He arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet. He married Eleanor Gott in 1790.

In 1794 he was granted 30 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. In 1800 he had 13 acres of wheat sown and 13 acres maize to be sown and owned 9 pigs. For health reasons he sold the land and worked as a farmhand for Edward Shipley. He returned to the land shortly thereafter, buying 20 acres of land in the Hawkesbury area from Owen Cavanough. He continued to struggle to make a living.

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Alternative Names
  • White, Joseph

3 August, 1767
London, Middlesex, England


29 August, 1811 (aged 44)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years