Alexander McDonald. (Circa 1757-1788?)
Alexander McDonald stole some silver shoe
buckles, five linen shirts, and two pairs of cotton
drawers from the house where he was probably a servant.
He was sentenced to be transported for seven years
(later designated Africa) at the Old Bailey on 8
December 1784, and sent to the Ceres (“Caesar”) hulk on
23 May 1785, aged 27. Transferred to the Justitia hulk
on 16 May 1786, he was delivered to Alexander on 6 April
McDonald was mustered on board by Major
Robert Ross on 13 March and by the contractor William
Richards on the 31st. No death on the voyage
is recorded, but he does not appear in colonial records
at Port Jackson except for a rumour by Arthur Bowes (qv)
that he had been killed by Aborigines, with William
Allen (qv) on 8 March 1788, which was probably true. He
was not included in the 1788 victualling list, nor was
To The Memory of
I did not think it would be like this.
A slice of an island I call my own
With a scene glossed by sentiment
Where I peacefully lay forever more.
Founders of Australia.
Verse: J. Mortimer # 6409.