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Marine Private Richard Dukes (also Dykes) (....1790)


Richard Dukes enlisted in the Royal marines as part of the 55th Portsmouth Company. He served as part of
the convict guard on board the ship "Alexander" prior to its departure from England. Richard sailed with the ship to Port Jackson and arrived as part of the first Fleet. Upon his arrival he served as part of Captain James Campbell's Company.
On March the 27th 1789, Richard and five other marines were executed. The execution was carried out for the persistent theft of Government stores.( They mainly stole grog.)
It is not known whether any of his family settled ,it is not known if he had any family in Australia.

Royal marine 55th Portsmouth Company, Alexander 1788. Part of a group of marines that were executed for persistent theft of Government stores, buried beside execution tree.

At 9 OClock in the Morning the Sentince past, on the Above Prisoners Was put In Exacution; In Consaquence of Jos Hunt Convicting the Six Afforesaid prisoners, he Was pardone,d (sic) Scott: (1)

(1) Scott, James. Remark on a passage Botnay [sic] bay 1787, Mitchell Library, Heritage Collection
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