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Samuel Bird


described as 5'7", stout and of dark complexion, was sentenced to 7 years' transportation at Croydon in 1785 with James Bird. He was transported on the Alexander. By 1790 he was allowed to fish the harbour with William Bryant, who had charge of the fishing boats. On 28 March 1791, when he had only 16 months to serve, Bird escaped with Bryant, Bryants wife and children, and six other convicts, in the Governor's 6-oared cutter (the best boat in the fishing fleet), making for Batavia. Ten weeks later they reached Koepang, Timor, where they posed as survivors of a wreck until Bryant gave them away after a drunken quarrel with his wife. They were later handed over to Captain Edwards, who had gone in search of the Bounty mutineers. Bird died on the voyage to England between Batavia and the Cape of Good Hope.

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