William Brewer


English by birth, circa 1752—Died in the Colony 1788.


William Brewer was 33 when he was sentenced to death at Exeter, Devon, on 20 March 1786 for theft of a ewe sheep (value 20s.). On 13 April he was reprieved to seven years transportation and sent to the Dunkirk hulk, where his behavior was “tolerably decent and orderly”.


Discharged to Charlotte on 11 March 1787, he survived the voyage but died at Sydney Cove on 5 March 1788.







To The Memory of

William Brewer.


Matters it not, if time began and if time will ever cease?


I was here, I used it all, and now I am at peace. 


Sydney Cove is where I lay forever more.




Founders of Australia.

M. Gillen.


Verse: J. Mortimer # 6409.



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