Richard Partridge

  • First Fleet – “Scarborough” 1788
  • Born in England – 1759
  • Sentenced to transportation – 7 years at Old Bailey 30/4/1783 for theft of linen shirt apron and cotton stockings.
  •  On 16/8/1783 he embarked on the “Swift” to America. The convicts mutinied and ran ashore near Sussex.
  • Richard was captured and retried at the Old Bailey. Sentenced to death – reprieved – sentenced to transportation to Australia
  • At Port Jackson was associated with Mary Greenwood ( First Fleet – Lady Penrhyn)
  • On 3/11/1793 a son ( Richard Jnr) was born
  • On 27/7/1791 Partridge was designated as alias “Rice”
  • He was known in NSW as “Rice the left handed Flogger”
  • Richard Partridge was the “Jailer” during the Battle of Vinegar Hill
  • On 30/9/1794 Richard was pardoned. He was made a Watchman in 1795, a Constable in 1796 and was granted 60 Acres at Northern Boundary Farms
  • Mary Greenwood bore him a daughter, Mary in 1797
  • On 5/11/1810 he made a legal marriage with Mary Greenwood
  • In 1815 he had a contract for the carriage of bricks and materials for the Government Buildings and supplied provisions for the working party under William Cox constructing the new road across the Blue Mountains, the contract was extended in 1816 to convey provisions to the detachment of the 46th Regiment and workers stationed at Parramatta and Cox’s river.
  • He died on 25/5/1831 aged 72.
  • Buried at St John’s Parramatta.


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